President Trump in Iowa and Illinois
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President Trump said on Thursday he enjoys a "very good relationship" with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, suggesting there is already evidence of improved ties.
He also said in his meeting with President Obama at the end of 2016, he got the sense that Obama was ready to go to war with North Korea.
He continued: "Without the rhetoric and without the sanctions and the other things that we've been doing, now they're dismantling nuclear areas. They've already blown up nuclear areas. They took down the propaganda that was all over North Korea, signs, music, all of this stuff taken down. It's gone."
Trump also compared the camera presence at his event, held in a steel mill, to the Oscars.
"Look at the cameras back there. It's like the Academy Awards," Trump said. "No difference. One of the advantages that I can say is covered live, much of it and when I say it, they can't do anything about it."
Trade negotiations between Europe and the US “can only happen on balanced reciprocal terms, and in no case based on threats,” French President Emmanuel Macron said during a news conference on Thursday.
"I do not support launching into a negotiation of a vast trade agreement, like TTIP because the context, does not allow it," Macron said when asked about President Trump’s meeting with European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker in Washington on Wednesday.
Macron added that before any “concrete steps forward” are taken, the US must make “clear gestures” to the European Union on steel and aluminum. He accused the US of placing “illegal taxes” on European exports.
Macron also said that he was “not favorable” to discussing agriculture with the US, saying European standards shouldn’t be “suppressed or lowered.”
President Trump just arrived in Illinois, where he will tour a steel production facility and deliver remarks.
Earlier today, he participated in a roundtable discussion on workforce developments at Northeast Iowa Community College.
His visits to Iowa and Illinois come a day after he held discussions with the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on tariffs. The talks yielded only a commitment to broad parameters for future trade negotiations and EU pledges to increase imports from the US.
President Trump on Thursday claimed that he struck a deal with the European Union that has "opened up Europe" to American exporters, in particular farmers, even though a substantive deal has yet to be signed.
"We just opened up Europe," Trump said of his discussions with the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker a day earlier, which yielded only a commitment to broad parameters for future trade negotiations and EU pledges to increase imports from the US.
"The whole thing is going to be opened up -- no tariffs, no nothing -- free trade," Trump said Thursday during an event in Iowa.
Trump repeatedly used the past tense to discuss trade barriers that farmers continue to face, even though none of the retaliatory tariffs or other pre-existing trade barriers have been lifted by the EU.
President Trump is speaking right now at a roundtable discussion on workforce developments at Northeast Iowa Community College.
During his remarks, Trump talked about his tax cuts, unemployment rates and the cost of prescription drugs.
The Trump administration on Tuesday announced it is offering up to $12 billion in aid to farmers hurt by retaliatory tariffs stemming from the President's widening trade feud with other countries.
The aid package will offer much-needed support to farmers caught up in the burgeoning trade war sparked by tariffs Trump imposed on several of US's largest trading partners. But the proposal was quickly greeted Tuesday with continued criticism from Republicans on Capitol Hill who argued Trump should nix his tariff strategy rather than roll out a financial backstop.
Here's what some lawmakers are saying:
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul
And Sen. Ben Sasse, from Nebraska, likened Trump's multibillion-dollar aid plan to "gold crutches" meant to support farmers being hurt by Trump's trade actions.