In the latest move in the US-China trade war, the American government has announced it will spend $12 billion dollars to help farmers cope with huge tariff increases, but Australia's national farm lobby group says it will hurt farmers in this country. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is due to meet with Trump on Wednesday after the USA threatened to impose tariffs on auto imports.
The Commodity Credit Corporation has broad authority to make loans and direct payments to USA growers when prices for corn, soybeans, wheat and other agricultural goods are low.
The actions "are a firm statement that other nations can not bully our agricultural producers to force the United States to cave in", Perdue said. "This administration will not stand by while our hard-working agricultural producers bear the brunt of unfriendly and illegal tariffs".
Trump has been talking for months about finding ways to aid farmers as China, in particular, has cancelled orders for soybeans and other crops.
The tariffs and their welfare handouts are no more than pre-midterm salve for rankled farmers who are more than a little resentful to hear closing market doors in the Far East. Kansas Senator Pat Roberts said, "Once you lose a market you lose it".
He added: "I appreciate the fact that they realize the farmers are being hurt by this, but this is not the right remedy".
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He said, "If it's reciprocated, the energy that we are going to bring to these negotiations, the ambition and the pragmatism, we will get a deal done in October".
Washington introduced in March new duties on steel and aluminum products - 25% for steel and 10% for aluminum.
The threatened vehicle tariffs, which would deal a blow to Germany's mighty automobile industry, come on top of high levies already slapped by Trump on aluminium and steel imports.
Under the new plan, the United States government will provide direct financial assistance to farmers, as well as do things like buy up surplus agricultural products and put them into low-income food assistance programs.
"Tariffs are not great", Senator Pat Toomey told CNBC. Either a country which has treated the United States unfairly on Trade negotiates a fair deal, or it gets hit with Tariffs.
The EU announced earlier that it would proportionally respond to American trade tariffs, as well as initiate proceedings as part of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The other more feasible offer from the Europeans is a limited free trade agreement between the USA and EU on industrial goods including cars, according to the official.
"Watch, we're opening up markets". In recognition of this, the Trump administration is refocusing USA policy to counter a rising China.
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It is a clear signal the U.S. President Donald Trump is determined to stick with tariffs as his weapon of choice in the conflict.
"If the problem is the deficit", the official said, "then we can't fix it".
Later this week, Trump will visit Iowa and IL, two other farm-belt states, as he seeks to shore up support for Republican candidates in those regions.
Locally, some agree this is a win for farmers. "This administration's tariffs and bailouts aren't going to make America great again, they're just going to make it 1929 again".
"It can be a positive thing to help with the short-term pain", he said. "The aspect of reinvigorating our steel industry is a good objective, but the way the that should have been done is with targeted actions, not scattershot actions". Trump wore a similar hat at an event on Monday highlighting American-made goods.
Referring to America's trade partners, Trump said: "They'd do whatever they wanted, and we'd just put up with it". In a briefing call on July 24, Perdue and top department officials explained that the financial boost is created to provide temporary relief to farmers as the United States negotiates long-term trade deals. "This proposed action would only be a short-term attempt at masking the long-term damage caused by tariffs", the group's Executive Director Brian Kuehl said in a statement.
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