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President Trump proclaims 'tariffs are the greatest' ahead of trade meeting

28 July, 2018, 17:20 | Author: Melinda Barton
  • Trump says ‘drop all tariffs’ with European Union — hours after tweeting ‘tariffs are the greatest’

But as he deepens the US involvement in trade fights, it raises questions on whether American consumers will feel the pain of retaliatory tariffs - and whether the president will incur a political price for his nationalistic trade policies in the 2018 midterm elections.

Trump's event with a smorgasbord of American goods came at the start of a week in which trade discussions are expected to dominate, including talks with European officials and a trip to IL in which the president is planning to visit a community helped along by his steel tariffs. "If tariffs punish farmers, the answer is not welfare for farmers - the answer is remove the tariffs". "America's farmers don't want to be paid to lose - they want to win by feeding the world", Sasse said in a statement.

Disharmony within the White House over the trade strategy has been spilling into public view.

The American economy had much to boast about between April and June: brisk consumer spending, healthy manufacturing, steady job growth and strong business investment.

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 US allies out of concern for their constituents.

"It doesn't take a week", Trump added. "It would be around $20 billion", she said.

Even Iowa Republican Sen.

The truce may prove to be short lived if the two sides can't resolve their differences over trade in vehicles and auto parts. The two leaders plan to discuss US tariffs on aluminum and steel and Trump's threat to extend duties to European cars coming into the United States.

Trump tweeted. "Either a country which has treated the United States unfairly on Trade negotiates a fair deal, or it gets hit with Tariffs". It's as simple as that'.

G20 ministers call for greater dialogue on trade tensions
G20 ministers call for greater dialogue on trade tensions

Trump told steelworkers in Granite City, Illinois, on Thursday that it's wrong to suggest he was too tough on members of the decades-old military alliance and too nice to Russian Federation during his European trip.

"It's an admonition that tariffs are harming agriculture and harming farmers", Young said of the aid package. When the conditions were struck, the US favored a 25 percent tariff on European trucks and SUVs.

The Trump administration has imposed tariffs on 34 billion dollars (£26 billion) in Chinese goods in a dispute over Beijing's high-tech industrial policies. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates those farmers will lose an estimated $12 billion from trade with China alone.

Trump's enthusiasm about Wednesday's trade negotiations are a significant change from remarks he made on Twitter just 24 hours earlier, when declared "tariffs are the greatest".

The deescalation came after an uproar among businesses and Republican lawmakers about the potential impact of Trump's strategy on the economy.

Trump has been talking for months about finding ways to aid farmers as China, in particular, has canceled orders for soybeans and other crops.

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White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters aboard Air Force One on the way back to Washington from Missouri that 'the president will stand up for the farmers'. It already has duty-free access to the European Union market for soyabeans, with the only significant barrier to trade being the fact that some of the GM soya varieties produced in the U.S. are not (yet) authorised by the EU.


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