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US President Donald Trump has reached an agreement with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker aimed at averting a transatlantic trade war, easing tensions stoked by Mr Trump's threat to impose tariffs on vehicle imports.

During the announcement on Wednesday, Trump announced he and Juncker had agreed "to work together toward zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers and zero subsidies on non-auto industrial goods", indicating a reduction in tension.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the plan will help a broad number of farmers deal with the cost of "disruptive markets" as USA trading partners have retaliated for President Donald Trump's tariffs on imported goods.

Trump has insisted in recent months on the need for the EU to agree to his demands to facilitate United States access to the European market and has threatened to impose tariffs of up to 20 per cent on imports of European automobiles if the bloc did not make concessions to Washington.

President Donald Trump told European leaders Wednesday that the US wants a "fair trade deal" with the European Union as both sides sought to defuse tensions in an escalating trade battle involving some of the world's biggest economies.

But Juncker said they had agreed not to impose any new tariffs while talks were taking place.

Donald Trump has said the United States and European Union have agreed to work towards zero tariffs, barriers and subsidies in trade relations.

"These tariffs are a tax on American consumers, and they're going to cost Alabama jobs", Jones said.

"This trade war is cutting the legs out from under farmers and White House's "plan" is to spend $12 billion on gold crutches", Sasse said in a statement Tuesday.

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"We also will resolve the steel and aluminum tariff issues, and we will resolve the retaliatory tariffs". But Trump tweeted Wednesday urged concerned parties to "be cool".

Juncker said the two sides also agreed to work together to reform the World Trade Organization, which Trump has vehemently criticized as being unfair to the U.S.

On the other side, Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin released a statement, saying the state of Wisconsin has already lost 500 dairy farmers in the previous year.

"The EU obviously agrees with China that the United States shouldn't be unilaterally taking these tariff measures, so it's been willing to kind of voice support for China in that respect, but it ... hasn't gone any further".

Trump called out the names of several Senators present at the joint press conference. Unfortunately, America's hard-working agricultural producers have been treated unfairly by China's illegal trading practices and have taken a disproportionate hit when it comes illegal retaliatory tariffs. Both the US and the European Union.

It was a cheery end to talks Trump himself suggested this week would be acrimonious. She said in part, "They are having a real and costly impact on the rural economy and the ability of rural businesses to keep their doors open".

China is the largest buyer of US soybeans, importing about $14 billion worth of the legume in 2016, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

"Soybeans is a big deal". He also assures us that "Negotiations are going really well, be cool".

In the first acknowledgment by President Donald Trump's administration that his aggressive trade actions are hurting Americans, the government on Tuesday announced $12 billion in aid for farmers who have been the primary targets of retaliation.

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