European Union prompted immediate threats of retaliation.
The Washington Post notes that the program was created so long ago that it doesn't require congressional approval while taking out a loan of up to $30 billion.
The funds will come through direct assistance, a food purchase and distribution program, and a trade promotion program. But in response to American tariffs, Beijing imposed its own on soybeans, in addition to other American agricultural products. China said it would retaliate, leaving even more US farm products at risk. Sasse released a statement saying "This trade war has been cutting the legs out from under farmers and White House's "plan" is to spend $12 billion on gold crutches".
The administration has slapped tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese goods and China retaliated with duties on soybeans and pork. Trump wrote in a Twitter post Tuesday, warning countries must negotiate a "fair" trade deal or they will get hit with tariffs.
They include such iconic American brands as Campbell Soup and Lockheed-Martin - which will have a model F-35 fighter jet on the White House lawn - to obscure manufacturers who make wine, brooms, horseshoes and animal feed.
Trump has placed tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, saying they pose a threat to US national security, an argument that allies such as the European Union and Canada reject.
Trump has threatened to place penalty taxes on up to $500 billion in products imported from China, a move that would dramatically ratchet up the stakes in the trade dispute involving the globe's biggest economies.
During a Monday event at the White House featuring American-made goods, Trump displayed a green hat that read, "Make Our Farmers Great Again".
Trump's message comes ahead of his meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.
In addition to the direct impact of tariffs on American farm products, farmers have also been hurt by US tariffs on foreign steel imports.