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USA agriculture exports have been a prime target of China and other countries that have retaliated against the series of tariffs Trump has imposed in recent months.

The Trump administration will reportedly give $12 billion in aid to farmers hurt by the tariffs.

Punishing tariffs have been introduced on imported goods from Canada, China, and the EU. This aid package can be authorized without congressional approval because it uses the Department of Agriculture's Commodity Credit Corporation, a Depression-era program authorized to borrow up to $30 billion in order to "stabilize, support, and protect farm income and prices". It involves direct payments to farmers, the purchase of excess food and trade promotion programs to help create new export markets. Beijing's retaliatory tariffs have hit American soybeans and pork.

While promoting the global negations, Mr. Trump praised his hard-line trade strategy, saying slapping tariffs if the U.S.is treated unfairly is "simple".

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., said the plan would spend billions on "gold crutches". House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin said lawmakers are making the case to Trump that tariffs are "not the way to go".

They include such iconic American brands as Campbell Soup and Lockheed-Martin - which will have a model F-35 fighter jet on the White House lawn - to obscure manufacturers who make wine, brooms, horseshoes and animal feed.

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"Tariffs are the greatest!" he wrote on Twitter.

In two tweets Trump contradicts his own administration's stated national security justification for steel and aluminum tariffs, saying tariffs are imposed on countries who don't negotiate fair deals with the U.S. He has also threatened to slap tariffs on imported cars, trucks and auto parts, potentially targeting imports that past year totaled $335 billion.

Democratic U.S. representative Jackie Speier of California, a major agricultural state, blasted the Republican president over the reported plan. But conservative critics of the White House's approach said on Tuesday that Trump's move to offer rescue funds to farmers suggests the standoff with other countries won't end soon.

His remarks come just ahead of his expected meeting with the European Union commission president, where they will discuss renegotiating trade agreements.

In addition to the direct impact of tariffs on American farm products, farmers have also been hurt by US tariffs on foreign steel imports.


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