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Trump Slaying ‘Loch Ness Monsters’ and ‘Alligators,’ Conway Says

Deal reached with European Union's Juncker shows the president is 'a man of action in a town of talk'

President Donald Trump proved himself once again as a “man of action” in a “town of talk” by gaining major trade concessions on Wednesday with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, according to Kellyanne Conway.

“Every time this president is told by the critics and the naysayers and the know-nothings, ‘You can’t do it. You shouldn’t do it. No one has ever done it,’ he goes and does it,” Conway said Thursday on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.”

“He pulls out of the Paris accords. He moved the embassy to Jerusalem. He [got] out of the Iran deal. He got the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. On and on and on — the deregulation, and now the trade,” she said.

“And every time the naysayers and critics do it, they are just proving [Trump’s] point about being a man of action in a town of talk, about getting rid of all these Loch Ness monsters and other alligators here in the swamp,” added Conway, who is counselor to the president.

Trump hosted Juncker at the White House this week to discuss trade and tariffs less than two weeks after Trump dubbed the European Union (EU) a U.S. trade “foe” in a “CBS Evening News” interview with anchor Jeff Glor. The remark caused an international uproar.

Trump imposed 25 percent and 10 percent tariffs, respectively, on steel and aluminum imported from the EU in June, spurring the EU to retaliate with its own tariffs on U.S. steel and agriculture imports.

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The president also talked of imposing 20 percent tariffs on European cars imported to the U.S., causing Juncker to consider further retaliatory tariffs, totaling $20 billion.

But the two world leaders agreed to strike a deal Wednesday and stop the brewing trade war.

“Great meeting on Trade today with @JunckerEU and representatives of the European Union. We have come to a very strong understanding and are all believers in no tariffs, no barriers and no subsidies. Work on documents has already started and the process is moving … along quickly,” Trump tweeted Wednesday.

“European Union Nations will be open to the United States and at the same time benefiting by everything we are doing for them,” Trump added. “There was great warmth and feeling in the room — a breakthrough has been quickly made that nobody thought possible!”

Trump also shared a picture of Juncker kissing him on the cheek and embracing him Wednesday, writing, “Obviously the European Union, as represented by @JunckerEU and the United States, as represented by yours truly, love each other!”

For his own part, Juncker tweeted Wednesday, “I came for a deal, we made a deal. The EU continues to stand up for free and fair trade.”

Trump is keeping the promises he made the American people by standing up for U.S. farmers and workers and engaging in difficult negotiations with other world leaders, Conway insisted.

Related: EU’s Juncker Says ‘We Are Close Partners’ Working ‘Together,’ Not ‘Enemies’

“Why is it important? It’s important because it goes beyond him just keeping a promise to the American worker and American interests to renegotiate these imbalanced, unfair, nonreciprocal trade deals,” Conway insisted. “[Trump] is actually putting America first, but by standing shoulder to shoulder with leaders — in this case the EU — and trying to renegotiate.”

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