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Trump says ‘drop all tariffs’ with European Union — hours after tweeting ‘tariffs are the greatest’

Trump greets EU chief, says US seeks 'level playing field' on trade

Juncker's statement that "the European Union can import more soyabeans" is therefore no more than a simple statement of fact - and a convenient one for President Trump, given the collapse in United States soybean prices since China's imposition of a 25% tariff on imports of U.S. beans.

The US and European Union will "hold off on other tariffs" while negotiations proceed, Mr Juncker said.

He's threatening to use the national security justification again to slap tariffs on imported cars, trucks and auto parts, potentially targeting imports that a year ago totaled $335 billion.

"We made a deal today", Mr Juncker told reporters, following talks with Mr Trump at the White House.

Although neither Junker or Trump mentioned China, the South China Morning Post ran a banner headline, "Donald Trump Set to Turn all Trade War Fire on China After US Deal With EU To Suspend Tariffs".

The two leaders also said they would work toward "zero" tariffs on industrial goods, according to Trump.

Trump imposed global tariffs on aluminum and steel earlier this year as part of his escalating trade confrontation, and he is now weighing the imposition of auto tariffs.

"This trade war is cutting the legs out from under farmers and White House's "plan" is to spend $12 billion on gold crutches", Sasse said in a statement.

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President Donald Trump, right, and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, left, walk from the Oval Office to speak in the Rose Garden of the White House, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, in Washington.

Trump has threatened to place penalty taxes on up to $500 billion in products imported from China, a move that would dramatically ratchet up the stakes in the trade dispute involving the globe's biggest economies. He has also threatened to slap tariffs on imported cars, trucks and vehicle parts, potentially targeting imports that totalled 335 billion dollars (£255 billion) a year ago. "Hope they do it, we are ready - but they won't!"

On Tuesday, Trump announced $12 billion in subsidies for farmers, though Republican lawmakers criticized that plan as welfare for farmers who would be better off if the president backed away from his tariff threats to Europe and China. The European Union, Canada, and Mexico were initially shielded from metal tariffs, but those exemptions expired in May.

"We tried earlier in TTIP negotiations to make the United States loosen those laws", Malmstrom said.

"It doesn't set the scene for a very fruitful meeting", she said, adding that she only expects the meeting to provide "some sort of language that's mutually accepted". The EU charges a 10 percent tariff on imports of US automobiles, and the United States has a 2.5 percent tariff on European cars.

He has slapped taxes on imported steel and aluminum, saying they pose a threat to USA national security.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said what farmers in his home state need "and this might be helpful in this direction - is they got to know that this thing isn't going to go on forever".

While the USA president can claim his aggressive approach is working, consumers, farmers and businesses are feeling the pain from the retaliatory measures imposed to counter the raft of US tariffs on steel, aluminum and tens of billions of dollars in products from China put in place in recent weeks.

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