President Donald Trump on Thursday trumpeted his trade deal with European allies, hailing it as a benefit to Iowa farmers who have been hurt by the fallout from his protectionist trade measures. Trump said during a roundtable discussion at Northeast Iowa Community College that his meetings Wednesday with European Union leadership had helped the two sides avoid a trade dispute and would open new markets for U.S. agriculture. "We just opened up Europe for you farmers. You're not going to be too angry with Trump, I can tell you," the president said. Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed to open talks to tear down trade barriers and address U.S. tariffs on steel imports. Later Thursday, Trump met with steelworkers in Granite City, Ill., where U.S. Steel recently announced that it was firing up a furnace at Granite City Works that had been idled for more than two years. The company credited Trump's tariffs on imported steel and aluminum for helping it reopen the steel mill east of St. Louis. Associated Press