"We met right here at the White House to launch a new phase in the relationship between the United States and the European Union - a phase of close friendship, of strong trade relations", U.S. leader Donald Trump said, unveiling the accord next to European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker.
He also said they would "resolve the steel and aluminium tariffs", while Mr Juncker said the sides would hold off on any new tariffs while talks proceed. The president had threatened to impose tariffs as high as 25 percent on European autos imported in the US which brought a EU promise of retaliation.
He also said that the pact establishes the "resolution" of the United States tariffs on European steel and aluminium that had sparked a trade brouhaha between Brussels and Washington, although neither Trump nor Juncker specified whether these would be immediately annulled. Today's agreement specifically deals only with "non-auto industrial goods" but Juncker and his team have been hammering the point that they hope/expect that no further tariffs will be imposed by either side so long as negotiations are ongoing.
USA import tariffs of 25pc on steel and 10pc on aluminum imposed in March will remain in place during the talks, but Juncker added: "It is the first time that the Americans agreed to reassess the measure that they have taken in the steel and aluminum sector".
'American farmers want markets, not handouts, ' he said in a statement. And they would continue to hit US trading partners like Canada, Mexico and Japan even if the USA and the European Union cut a deal.
But Trump and his party could soon begin to face consequences as companies in the coming months start reporting lower earnings, reassessing their supply chains and holding back on investment, all of which will begin to ripple throughout the economy and could lead to a slowdown or full-blown recession, experts say.
The relationship between the United States and Europe had been further frayed by Mr Trump's apparent fondness for the Russian President Vladimir Putin and attacks on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the EU.
US Treasury prices also eased and the 10-year note's yield ended the day at a one-month high near 2.98pc.
While he opposes tariffs and would prefer the administration use "better tools" to address unfair trade practices, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said the confrontation could produce beneficial results.
The agriculture sector was already suffering before the president's tariffs.
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It said trading nations like New Zealand work best when everyone agrees on the rules of worldwide commerce, and uncertainty caused by trading disputes is the last thing farmers need.
"They are going to be a massive buyer of LNG", Trump said.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed that "this was a good and constructive meeting".
The President's apparent blink on trade came a day after the administration unveiled a $12 billion aid package for farmers hurting from retaliatory tariffs, especially imposed by China, on U.S. products.
The Trump administration on Tuesday announced a multibillion-dollar aid package for US farmers caught up in the trade tussle.
"I'm glad. I think it's going to help defuse some of the concern out there, not only in farm country but in our economy generally", Portman said.
After the meeting with Mr Juncker, Mr Trump said the two sides would now be "more reciprocal".
Both sides will work to decrease industrial tariffs and adjust regulations to allow USA medical devices to be traded more easily in European markets.
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