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Politico Trump speaks with Juncker on trade negotiations

China's middle class is bigger than the entire US population.

Trump and European Commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker met Wednesday at the White House and agreed to a wide-ranging framework to resolve trade disputes, with the aim of bringing tariffs down to zero eventually. 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 USA and other countries goes on.

"If we hadn't had steel and aluminum tariffs, we never would have gotten to the point we are now", Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told reporters.

"The probability of a full-blown US-China trade war has ironically increased with the US-EU trade deal". "And the media said this would lead to a trade war".

The tone was friendlier than it has been.

Williams relayed his concerns to Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, and Peter Navarro, one of president Trump's top trade advisers, when the two advisers met with House Republicans Thursday morning to debrief the lawmakers on the European Union deal and American trade policy going forward. But we have to do it.

He also flattered the U.S. commander-in-chief, however.

The pair agreed to work towards lowering trade barriers, meaning zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsidies on non-auto goods.

Trump had also claimed the European Union had a $150bn trade surplus with the European Union, but Juncker corrected him, saying it was $50bn less due to a USA surplus in services.

"If I have learned one thing from almost 20 years in Brussels, it is that the bully boys of the EU Commission only respect one thing - brute force".

German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier, a conservative, hailed the talks as a "breakthrough" that could avoid a trade war and save millions of jobs. Now, the goal with the European Union is zero tariffs on industrial goods, with the exception of cars.

"We are grateful for the administration's recognition that farmers and ranchers needed positive news now and this will buy us some time", Duval said. He says, "We are once again pouring new American steel into the spine of our country".

Whatever progress was achieved Wednesday could provide some relief for U.S. automakers. "It was a failed government policy in the first place in the form of these unnecessary tariffs that are doing the damage, and now we are forcing taxpayers to send a cheque".

Agricultural equipment makers Deere & Co. and Agco both advanced, but General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler all fell.

He said the administration is now focused on resolving the steel and aluminum tariffs.

Juncker said the two sides agreed that as long as they were negotiating on trade, they would hold off on further tariffs, including potential USA tariffs on cars and auto parts.

He also pointed out that the footwear industry is well-accustomed to the effects of tariffs, since it's already one of the most heavily taxed categories coming into the U.S.

The EU is stepping in to ease some of United States farmers' pain.

Reaction on financial markets ranged from enthusiasm on stock exchanges to scepticism among currency investors, while commodities experts said Trump's proclamation that Europe would buy "lots of" soybeans from USA farmers hit by his trade row with China was not all that it seemed.

The EU said it will also import more liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the USA in an attempt to "diversity its energy supply". "The result is a very good one for Europe", stressed a Commission spokesperson on Thursday. We reported in error that Canada has imposed tariffs on U.S. apples.

Fox News financial analyst Neal Cavuto called it a "dramatic, a stunning development, on trade. So, when I say, 'Well, I'm going to put tariffs on them, ' they all start screaming, 'He's using tariffs, '" Trump said. Pat Roberts (R) of Kansas. "The proposed solutions move in the right direction but a significant proportion of scepticism remains", the DIHK said.

Macron said that agricultural products should be excluded from talks, citing European standards on food safety and environment that should not be abandoned in talks. Trump urged Europe to opt instead for US LNG supplies.

"So trump got it way ... wow ... so he slaps tariffs on them and they come to the table to negotiate ... wow".

This story was reported by The Associated Press.

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