Donald Trump Says US And EU Will Work Towards 'Zero Tariffs' Trade

Randal Sanchez
July 26, 2018

This is why we agreed today, first of all, to work together toward zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsidies on non-auto industrial goods.

Speaking on the results of the meeting with Trump, Juncker explained the symbolism of his gift, a photo of a military cemetery in Luxembourg, to the United States president. 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.

Expectations of the announced deal, with reporters summoned to the Rose Garden for an announcement, sent the stock market soaring.

US White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley announced on Tuesday that President Trump meant to bring up at the meeting with the chief of the European Commission issues regarding bilateral trade and the fight against terrorism.

"We will hold off future tariffs and reassess existing tariffs on steel and aluminum", Juncker said.

The deal eases tensions for now stoked by Trump's threat to impose new levies on auto imports. "Trade is complex and it is never as simple as the handshake in between two men", Bengoa said in an email.

Nick VanWychen, a Kaukauna farmer, says soybeans are one of the crops most affected by trade disputes.

While Mr Juncker is set to make a last effort to talk Mr Trump out of the auto tariffs, which would hit Germany's dominant car-makers hard, the European Union has vowed a withering response if the USA goes ahead.

Trump made the deal under increasing pressure to abandon his tariffs.

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Turning and walking away from the lectern the US President reached his hand out to the President of the European Commission.

Trump added they would try to "resolve" steel and aluminum tariffs he imposed earlier this year and retaliatory duties the European Union levied 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.

Still, the lack of clarity about the long-term EU-U.S. trading relationship stoked continued concerns in Germany, Europe's largest economy.

Through a series of aggressive tariff announcements, the president is fomenting a series of spats with China, the European Union, Canada and other trading partners. "The solutions set out go in the right direction but a healthy dose of skepticism remains".

As just one example of how farmers are impacted, China used to import $1 billion worth of American-grown sorghum annually, which made up 77 percent of all USA sorghum exports.

While the United States claims the retaliation was "illegal", the Trump administration has acknowledged it is doing damage to American farmers, and announced Tuesday it will provide up to $12 billion in aid to farmers hurt by trade tariffs. He also serves as President for the Iowa Corn Growers Association.

Trade analysts responded with cautious positivity, though they noted the lack of details and Trump's unpredictability.

"It's going to hit every family farm, I think, going forward here unless this gets resolved", he said.

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