Turning from China, Mnuchin says US focused on European Union pact
Turning from China, Mnuchin says US focused on European Union pact
Car workers demonstrate against tariffs in Washington
30 July, 2018, 22:42
But the agreement was vague, the coming negotiations with Europe are sure to be contentious and the administration remains gripped in major disputes with China and other trading partners.
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"Soybeans is a big deal", Trump said on Wednesday.
Harley-Davidson says it expects new tariffs to increase the company's annual costs by as much as $100 million as long as the trade dispute between the US and other countries goes on.
The European leaders have warned they're ready to put tariffs on $20 billion of American goods if Trump puts the duties on auto imports.
To the relief of many, the United States and Europe have agreed to avert a trade war over autos and to work toward removing other barriers to trade. "A breakthrough has been quickly made that nobody thought possible!"
And the disintegration of the deal yet prickles for huge sections of American and European business who had passionately wished to generate a trans-Atlantic account of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Beijing's recent decision to slap a 25 percent duty on US soy was reshaping the global market even before the meeting between Trump and Juncker, a Luxembourger who heads the EU's executive arm.
Mr Trump told reporters it was a "very big day for free and fair trade" and later tweeted a photo of himself and Mr Juncker in an embrace. European governments and EU officials hailed the Trump-Juncker agreement as a major success.
Most important, they agreed to suspend a looming trade war over autos.
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Most analysts were relieved that the US and European Union had pulled back from the brink of automotive tariffs. The dollar fell, led by a surge in the euro, which has been pressured by the deteriorating trade relations with the EU's largest trading partner.
After the talks, Trump highlighted benefits for US farmers. Consequently, "We're certainly concerned" about the tariffs, Lindsey said.
Zero industrial goods tariffsTrump and Juncker said the U.S. -EU talks would seek to eliminate tariffs, trade barriers and subsidies for non-automotive industrial goods, and cut barriers to transatlantic trade in services, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and medical products.
The president has ordered the U.S. Commerce Department to investigate whether auto imports pose a threat to U.S. national security that would justify tariffs or other trade restrictions. The EU's Juncker said in March, after Trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, that "this is basically a stupid process, the fact that we have to do this".
American farmers have been a particular target in the global clash over trade policy as other countries seek to retaliate for USA duties on Chinese goods as well as on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico. The two leaders did not specifically mention auto tariffs in their statements, keeping the focus on other industrial products. But he said reaching a detailed trade agreement with the European Union would likely prove hard.
Trump has repeatedly called the European Union - which includes numerous U.S.'s oldest and most committed allies - an unfair trading partner and even labeled it a "foe".
The administration this week announced $12 billion aid for farmers amid fallout from Trump's tariffs.
German producers and supplies employ more than 118,000 people at about 300 plants and manufacture more than 800,000 vehicles per year in the USA - with more than half of the cars being exported, according to figures provided by the German automotive industry. "They're going to be a massive buyer of LNG, so they'll be able to diversify their energy supply", Trump said of Europe.
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