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To help reduce some of the pain inflicted by a burgeoning trade war between the US and its traditional economic allies, the Trump administration on Tuesday announced an aid package worth $12 billion for farmers who've been hurt by the tariffs.

Mr. Trump has suggested a zero-tariff deal to level the trade playing field and create what he calls a "fair and reciprocal" trading relationship. But the senior European official admitted that even lowering or eliminating tariffs on steel, aluminum, cars and agricultural products won't significantly address the more $100 billion trade deficit the US has with the EU. Some of Trump's fellow Republicans are also already balking at the idea of government-funded bailout for a trade war they oppose.

But at home, Trump is facing increasing criticism as consumers, farmers and businesses take a hit from the retaliation to the raft of U.S. tariffs on steel, aluminum, and tens of billions of dollars in products from China that he has imposed in recent weeks. Trump said. "Hope they do it, we are ready - but they won't!" he said.

In a tweet earlier in the day, the president said: "Tariffs are the greatest".

"U.S. pork, which began the year in expansion mode to capitalize on unprecedented global demand, now faces punitive tariffs on 40% of its exports", said NPPC President Jim Heimerl, a pork producer from Johnstown, Ohio.

But Mr Kirchner said it is unlikely providing aid short term will help fix any of the long-term problems.

"Farmers will be the biggest beneficiaries", Trump told the crowd gathered inside Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium.

"We're making tremendous progress". "You've got to treat everybody the same". "Just be a little patient".

The money: It will come partly from a program set up in the Depression to help farmers called the Commodity Credit Corporation, reports the Washington Post.

Mark Santucci, a farmer of tart cherries in the state of MI, told VOA that while the relief programs will not directly benefit him, "I am glad the president has made a decision to implement it".

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Trump notes the two continents together make up more than 50 percent of the world's trade.

It's likely to be a tense encounter, as Trump is threatening to levy huge new tariffs on European cars. Mr. Trump agreed, adding, "if we could have no tariffs and no barriers and no subsidies, the USA would be extremely pleased". They are meant to protect domestic businesses and put foreign competitors at a disadvantage. "America's farmers don't want to be paid to lose - they want to win by feeding the world", Sasse said in a statement.

On July 6, China imposed $50 billion in tariffs on American exports, which includes a 25 percent tariff on soybeans. 'If tariffs punish farmers, the answer is not welfare for farmers - the answer is remove the tariffs'.

The president has said trade will be central to that discussion.

And while Texas Farm Bureau spokesman Gary Joiner said the announcement was "good news for Texas farmers and ranchers", he was quick to add that "this is not the ultimate goal". "I'm pleased that certain aspects of his policies have a positive effect but there also have been a lot of negative effects", Hoyer, D-Md., said. His administration this year imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum, drawing retaliation from the European Union on a series of US goods.

The U.S. exported 138 billion dollars in agriculture products in 2017, including 21.5 billion dollars of soybeans, the most valuable export.

"This friction that we're having, as long as it results in lowering barriers. that's great, that is hopefully where we can end up with this". "I don't think threats bring us closer to a solution", he told German public TV station ARD on Tuesday. If other countries hit back, the Peterson Institute predicts more than 600,000 job losses, which would more than wipe out the manufacturing job gains since Trump took office.

"The action that I'd like to see is resolving this tariff fight and moving forward with trade opportunities, " said Sen.

Trump has placed tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, saying they pose a threat to US national security, an argument that the European Union and Canada rejects. China alone imported $12.3 billion of USA soybeans past year, according to the USDA.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is due to meet with Trump on Wednesday after the United States threatened to impose tariffs on auto imports. The U.S. and its European allies are meeting as the dispute threatens to spread to automobile production.