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"America's farmers don't want to be paid to lose - they want to win by feeding the world", he said.

Farm products have borne the brunt of tariffs imposed by trading partners angered by U.S. trade actions, and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the aid program will provide relief.

European Commission's spokesperson Margaritis Schinas said on Monday that Juncker did not intend to make particular proposals regarding the mutual trade at the meeting with President Trump. "Just be a little patient".

"The European Union is coming to Washington tomorrow [July 25] to negotiate a deal on Trade", US President Trump wrote in his Twitter account.

"This is a short-term solution that will give President Trump time to work on the long-term trade policy and deal that will benefit agriculture as well as all sectors of the American economy". The programs that dole out the $12 billion in hush money comes from bureaucracies with names like the Price Loss Coverage and Agriculture Risk Coverage programs, and the Commodity Credit Corporation.

In fields across the country and even in some Republicans offices in Washington, the reaction was similar: It's not enough.

Currently, the EU has a 10 percent tariff on US vehicle imports, while the USA has a 2.5 percent tariff on European cars.

The announcement came hours after Trump tweeted that tariffs "are the greatest!".

But other Republicans were troubled by what they view as the kind of widespread government-assistance program their party has traditionally opposed.

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Senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, tweeted on Tuesday: "If tariffs punish farmers, the answer is not welfare for farmers".

While the U.S. claims the retaliation is "illegal", the Trump administration recognised that it is doing damage to American farmers. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., who hails from an agriculture-heavy state and has criticized Trump's approach called the plan "gold crutches".

The program will "assist farmers in response to trade damage caused by illegal retaliatory tariffs", which USDA estimated at $11 billion, Perdue told reporters. Those affected economies have in turn targeted USA agricultural products, including soybeans, dairy, meat, produce and liquor.

The United States exported $138 billion in agriculture products in 2017, including $21.5 billion of soybeans, the most valuable export. China alone imported $12.3 billion of US soybeans a year ago, according to the USDA.

The Agriculture Department predicted before the trade fights that USA farm income would drop this year to $60 billion, or half the $120 billion of five years ago.

Brussels already retaliated against the steel and aluminium tariffs, imposing punitive duties on over US$3 billion (S$4.09 billion) of USA goods, including blue jeans, bourbon and motorcycles, as well as orange juice, rice and corn.

Deere & Co jumped 2.7 per cent, while Caterpillar Inc gained more than 1 per cent and AGCO Corp rose 0.5 per cent. Soybean futures, hit hard by China's retaliatory tariffs, rose 1.2 per cent and hit their highest in two weeks as traders bet farm aid would improve demand, reducing a current surplus supply.

Republican Sen. Charles Grassley, whose family operates a farm in eastern Iowa, said the administration's move was "encouraging for the short term" but farmers needed "markets and opportunity, not government handouts".

US White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley announced on Tuesday that President Trump meant to bring up at the meeting with the chief of the European Commission issues regarding bilateral trade and the fight against terrorism. "They are a very temporary bandage to a self-inflicted wound".

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