Trump says China being 'vicious' by hitting U.S. farmers with tariffs

Kenny Grant
August 4, 2018

But even Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue admits this is a short-term fix that probably won't fully cover the losses that many usa farmers will suffer when the prices for their crops drop due to lost export markets.

The US treasury secretary insisted Sunday that agricultural issues were discussed in President Donald Trump's talks last week with Jean-Claude Juncker, contradicting the EU Commission president's account of the negotiations. Checks will go out to farmers "as soon as they prove their yields", according to Perdue, who says the yields will be based on actual production, not historical averages. "The announcement between President Trump and President Juncker is these discussions would begin, and while they may love for agriculture to be outside that scope, it's very much in our interests to address that with European Union, particularly on the non-tariff barriers that they continue to promulgate".

In addition, Trump's threat to impose tariffs on European cars was put aside, and the EU planned to buy more USA liquefied natural gas and soybeans.

"The European Union can import more soybeans from the USA and this is happening as we speak", Juncker said. The EU is the second-biggest buyer of the USA oilseed.

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From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service. "If we don't, it's going to really hurt agriculture and the family farm".

The return of US pork products to Argentina was sealed during Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Buenos Aires.

Washington hopes that agreement will open another market for U.S. agricultural exports.

A member of the German Federal Parliament has said the trade deal between the United States and the European Union is only appeasing Washington and has nothing to do with free trade.

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