Trump has in recent months engaged in a multi-front trade confrontation, imposing steep tariffs on steel, aluminum and tens of billions of dollars in Chinese goods, which sparked swift retaliation against key USA farm products like soy and pork.
European Union Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (zhahn-KLOHD' YUN'-kur) is telling President Donald Trump that the E.U. and U.S. are partners and allies, "not enemies", and must work together at the start of trade negotiations between the two major economies.
The affected countries have in turn targeted USA agricultural products, including soybeans, dairy, meat, produce and liquor.
"IL corn farmers need the administration to complete the modernization of NAFTA, resolve other ongoing trade disputes, and provide improved domestic and worldwide marketplace access for ethanol through the RVP waiver promised by President Trump and by updating the lifecycle analysis of corn-based ethanol". The Trump administration is trying to use the 232 process to make the case there is a "national security" risk here, something many trade law experts say is not convincing for cars and trucks. "Without prompt action, we could lose farmers and the rural businesses they support and depend on at an even more rapid rate".
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., described the plan as a "misplaced policy" and said farmers are "being put on welfare" because of "ill thought out" tariffs.
China and other top USA trade partners zeroed in on American farmers with retaliatory tariffs after the administration imposed duties on Chinese goods as well as steel and aluminum from the European Union, Canada and Mexico.
The plan for providing price supports, which doesn't need congressional approval, was rolled out just two days before Trump is set to travel to Iowa, the top USA soybean-producing state.
Under the three USDA aid programs, farmers will either receive direct payments or sell their excess production to the government, Perdue said.
Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin said "the bailouts, tweets, and bragging won't save the lost crop value for our farmers and won't protect their reputations around the world as reliable sellers".
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'China is targeting our farmers, who they know I love & respect, as a way of getting me to continue allowing them to take advantage of the U.S.' Trump wrote. Responding in kind, Beijing slapped tariffs worth $34 billion on 545 American goods - including a number of agricultural products, like soybeans.
The Republican leader told reporters Tuesday, "I've made it pretty clear I don't think tariffs are the right answer".
"We gotta fight it", he said, referring to "disaster" trade deals.
However this morning European Union commissioner Guenther Oettinger said the bloc would be "ready to discuss a reduction and restructuring of all tariffs in all sectors" provided "the existing punitive tariffs" are lifted first.
Tariffs are taxes on imports.
Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted, "Tariffs are the greatest!"
Canada, Mexico and China - the main target of Mr Trump's trade offensive - also have hit back with steep duties on USA goods, and have filed complaints against Washington at the World Trade Organisation.