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Trump to meet EU's Juncker in bid to resolve trade dispute

26 July, 2018, 17:43 | Author: Sara Gill
  • U.S. President Donald Trump meets with President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington

Trump's tweet Tuesday comes as he's scheduled to meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Washington on Wednesday for talks aimed at heading off a trade war, and as he continues to deal with domestic fallout from his deference to Vladimir Putin last week over Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

But in the joint conference with Juncker, Trump seemed markedly more optimistic about the future of US-European trade relations. China alone imported $12.3 billion of U.S. soybeans previous year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Mr Juncker said there would be no further tariffs, including on cars, while they negotiate, and that existing United States tariffs on European steel and aluminium would be re- examined.

Juncker declared he "had the intention to make a deal today and we made a deal today".

Trump said the talks would "resolve" both the hefty tariffs the USA had placed on imports of steel and aluminum from the European Union and the tariffs Europe had slapped on U.S. goods in response.

"Countries that have treated us unfairly on trade for years are all coming to Washington to negotiate", he said in a pre-dawn tweet.

What Trump described as a "big day" came after he slammed the European Union for months only to predict earlier Tuesday before his meetings with Juncker that he thought they would strike a trade deal that will be "good for everybody".

A senior European official told Fox News ahead of the meeting between Juncker and Trump that the aim of the meeting was to build on a conversation the two had at a G7 summit in Canada last month and to work out what exactly the USA wants.


Trump has insisted in recent months on the need for the EU to agree to his demands to facilitate United States access to the European market and has threatened to impose tariffs of up to 20 per cent on imports of European automobiles if the bloc did not make concessions to Washington. And on Tuesday, Trump announced plans to impose 10 percent tariffs on an additional $200 billion in Chinese imports by the end of August. "I'm happy that we agreed to this agreement today". "We want more welfare", said Sasse. "We also will resolve the steel and aluminum tariff issues, and we will resolve the retaliatory tariffs".

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused China of targeting American farmers in a "vicious" way and using them as leverage to get concessions on trade.

"Very demanding and intensive negotiations lie ahead of us", German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said, vowing that "we will represent and defend our European interests just as emphatically as the USA does with its interests". "Whether it's with the European Union or others, it has to be reciprocal in nature at a minimum, and we're working on that and I think we're making tremendous strides". But Rotz said in Pennsylvania, where corn and soybeans are used for animal feed, the impact has been felt most keenly among fruit and vegetable producers and pork and dairy farmers.

Coming up: The US is also considering additional tariffs of more than $200bn on Chinese products, as well as duties on foreign cars and vehicle parts, which represent more than $300bn in annual trade.

The Trump administration on Tuesday announced a multibillion-dollar aid package for US farmers caught up in the trade tussle.

However, the deal was contingent "on the understanding that as long as we are negotiating. we will hold off further tariffs, and we will reassess existing tariffs on steel and aluminum".

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