Ryan welcomes Trump progress with EU over trade

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker Paul Ryan is welcoming President Donald Trump’s announcement of an agreement with European Union leaders to potentially ratchet down the trade wars.

Ryan’s spokeswoman said Wednesday that the speaker is “encouraged by this progress with our European allies and hopes to see more.”

Other Republicans also welcomed the development amid months of growing unrest in Congress about the administration’s trade policies.

Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley called the announcement “probably the only positive statement we’ve had that some progress has been made.”

And fellow Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst welcomed word that the European Union would buy more U.S. soybeans.

She tweeted: “Soybeans are a big deal in #Iowa.” She also thanked Trump for “working toward a win for U.S.”

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