We urged representatives to support legislation that would eliminate the nation’s trade deficit, address an overvalued dollar, provide stronger trade enforcement and tackle troubling trade issues with China.
"If China no longer buys U.S. soybeans or Mexico no longer buys U.S. corn, that would be really bad for our customers and that would be much more impactful on us."
The action would “trigger a chain reaction of negative consequences for the U.S. economy,” the organizations said.
The dispute is noteworthy given the Trump administration’s frequent criticism of the Geneva-based WTO.
“The bigger concerns are retaliatory tariffs against U.S. exports, the possibility of a broader trade war, higher costs and greater uncertainty for global business investment.”
The latest spat comes as disputes over areas ranging from climate change to Middle East policy strain the bonds holding together the world’s closest political and military alliance.
The EU has become increasingly exasperated with Trump’s “America First” agenda.
Exempting some nations marks a compromise from Trump’s initial plan for across-the-board tariffs.