Trump to back US ranchers and farmers in clear threat to Irish beef exports
US President Donald Trump has signalled his intention to support US farmers and ranchers as his administration mulls over a decision to hit EU exports with tariffs as high as 100pc.
The Trump’s administration has this week announced its trade agenda, which said it would be strongly advocating for all US farmers and ranchers large and small – to assure the "fairest possible treatment of American interests in the US market and in other markets around the world".
To achieve this objective the administration said it has identified four major priorities:
- Defend US national sovereignty over trade policy;
- Strictly enforce US trade laws;
- Use all possible sources of leverage to encourage other countries to open their markets to US exports of goods and services, and provide adequate and effective protection and enforcement of US intellectual property rights
- Negotiate new and better trade deals with countries in key markets around the world.
It comes as the US Trade representative is examining the the possibility of imposing a tariff on certain imported products, including beef, called for submissions on the situation and received more than 11,500 responses prior to the deadline.
The US has said it is taking action against what it calls the EU's unfair trade practices, which it says discriminate against the US beef industry.
It says the EU's ban on hormone-treated US beef is not based on sound science and discriminates against American beef farmers, ranchers and producers.
The US National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the US Meat Export Federation wrote to the Office of the US Trade Representative before Christmas calling for an end to tariff concessions on EU exports and said that the US domestic beef industry would benefit from such a move.
The ban has been in place for around 20 years, and led the US to tackle the EU at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).