Trump's re-election banners could get hit by his own China tariffs

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue

"This is a temporary measure, hopefully to show China and other countries they can not bully the caving in on unfair trade practices".

Luckily for Trump, he doesn't need Congress to authorize this bailout. "The administration's trade aid plan is also a bid to shore up support among a slice of the rural electorate ahead of the midterm elections", Politico said.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said the administration was putting farmers on welfare.

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom, who will accompany Mr Juncker, expressed hope for a "de-escalation" of the tensions, but said the EU is drawing up a list of more USA products that could be hit with retaliatory duties if the trip fails.

He also and questioned if the government is going to continue to let "our farmers and country get ripped off".

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'Negotiations are going really well, be cool. Part of the proposed package would allow the U.S. Department of Agriculture to purchase surplus fruits, nuts, rice, beans, beef, pork and milk for distribution to food banks and other nutrition assistant programs. Beijing retaliated with tariffs of its own on $34 billion worth of American goods, including soybeans.

The second is the Food Purchase and Distribution Program, which will buy surplus fruit, nuts, beef, pork and milk to distribute to USA food banks and nutrition programs. As U.S. soybean farmers have struggled against retaliatory tariffs, Juncker said the European Union "can import more soybeans from the U.S. and it will be done".

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom, who is accompanying Juncker, expressed some optimism that a solution could still be found, but also said the EU is drawing up a list of $20 billion in United States products to be targeted for retaliation if the trip fails.

In response, the president has threatened to place additional tariffs on up to $500 billion in products imported from China.

Mark Martinson, who raises crops and cattle in north-central North Dakota and is president of the US Durum Growers Association, said the $12 billion figure "sounds huge" but there are many farmers in need. "We were being nice - until now!"

"We are just kind of being played", said Tom Giessel, who was cultivating his fields when he stopped his tractor to take a cell phone call from a reporter seeking his reaction to the plan.

The Trump administration said it would use a Great Depression-era program to pay up to $12 billion to help United States farmers. The resolution was seen by some as a signal of restiveness within the GOP on Trump's handling of trade.

Many farmers remain critical of President Donald Trump's tariffs and the damage done to commodity prices and markets but were appreciative Tuesday that he offered to provide some cash to help offset their losses.

"We had a big day, very big", the US president said in the White House rose garden, standing alongside Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, adding that there was a "new phase" in US-EU relations. They made $151 billion a year ago, our trade deficit with the European Union.

He added: "I appreciate the fact that they realize the farmers are being hurt by this, but this is not the right remedy".

As the tit-for-tat continued, the Trump administration rolled out a new $12 billion plan to provide subsidies - inviting new criticism from free market conservatives as well as lawmakers who blame Trump's trade war for the tariffs.