It’s way too soon to declare Trump’s trade war over

Trump offers help to farmers hit by escalating China trade war

President Donald Trump speaks with Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, during a joint statement about how the USA will work with the European Union to try and eliminate trade tariffs, in the Rose Garden of the White House on Wednesday.

"We are here to explain and find out how to prevent a trade war", Juncker said in an interview with German public broadcaster ZDF before the meeting, adding that he's not overly optimistic. The leaders are also working to resolve the steel and aluminum tariffs.

Amid turbulent, transatlantic trade relations, sparked by U.S. tariffs on EU steel and aluminium, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will try and calm things down in Washington.

The Trade Promotion Program will help farmers seek out new export markets.

President TrumpDonald John Trump2 women win Georgia Dem runoffs, extending streak for female candidates Giuliani on Trump-Cohen audio: "I've dealt with much worse tapes than this" Roseanne to sit down with Hannity in first television interview since ABC canceled show MORE shared a photo on Wednesday of his embrace with a top European Official hours after a joint press conference where they announced reaching an agreement to negotiate on tariffs. Trump says it would be good if they removed all tariffs and trade barriers as part of the discussions. He warned that those who pursue "economic hegemony" will "only end up hurting themselves".

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that the USA and the European Union have agreed to work to resolve the thorny issue of tariffs on steel and aluminum. "China made $517 Billion on us a year ago".

The president has repeatedly called the European Union - which includes numerous U.S.'s oldest and most committed allies - an unfair trading partner and even labeled it a "foe".

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.

As recent as Wednesday morning, Mr. Trump slammed leadership in his own country, calling out "weak politicians" who are pleading with the administration to end existing tariffs on USA allies out of concern for their constituents.

The Alliance of Automobile manufacturers, a trade group representing both domestic and foreign-brand automakers, welcomed the agreement to hold talks instead of impose tariffs, saying the announcement "demonstrates that bilateral negotiations are a more effective approach to resolving trade barriers, not increasing tariffs".

"This was a very big day for free and fair trade, a very big day indeed".

"The aim of this visit is to cool down the situation and prevent an escalation of the trade conflict", European Commission for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom, who will accompany Mr. Juncker at a bilateral meeting at the White House, told Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

Tariffs on USA goods have impacted all sectors of the economy, according to the USDA's trade counsel to the secretary, Jason Hafemeister.

Congress is increasingly uneasy with Trump's aggressive use of tariffs. But Trump tweeted Wednesday urged concerned parties to "be cool".

The agreement, though short on details, means Washington will not follow through with a threat to impose tariffs on autos, which would hurt the dominant German vehicle industry. He added, "This administration's tariffs and bailouts aren't going to make America great again, they're just going to make it 1929 again".

The administration has slapped tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese goods and China retaliated with duties on soybeans and pork. China has struck back with duties on soybeans and pork, affecting Midwest farmers in a region of the country that supported the president in his 2016 campaign.

To help alleviate the unfortunate consequences on American farmers, the Department of Agriculture has announced its billion dollar band-aid.

He also said they pledged that both the US and European Union would appoint representatives to negotiations on the details on the new agreement "right now". "The EU is going to start to buy a lot more soy beans - they are a tremendous market - buy a lot of soy beans from our farmers, primarily in the Midwest", Mr Trump said.

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