Ivanka Trump advocates for women, girls in trip to Berlin

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25 April, 2017

"I also feel very encouraged by my visit to the United States that negotiations between the European Union and the United States on a free trade agreement ... are also being looked at", she said.

A quick deal between the U.S. and the European Union could come as a blow to UK Prime Minister Theresa May who had hoped to win a promise of deeper trade ties when she became the first foreign leader to meet Trump in office in January.

"Ten times Trump asked [Merkel] if he could negotiate a trade deal with Germany", the official acknowledged.

Each time the USA president posed the question, he received from the German chancellor the same polite reply: the U.S. can not make any form of a separate trade deal with Germany, as Berlin is a member of the European Union, an economic bloc.

Sources close to Trump's administration as well as Merkel's cabinet told The Times that in a private conversation, Merkel convinced Trump that talks on the United States and EU's trade deal would be "simpler than he thought".

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued a staunch joint defence of free trade yesterday (19 March), as the United States pushes towards greater protectionism.

Mr Ross stated he aims to reduce the US's $146billion trade deficit with Europe, which is second only to the US's $347billion one with China.

But Reuters reported that German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Friday he was optimistic a US-EU trade deal could be reached soon after he met his US counterpart in Washington.

Speaking at a Brexit conference he derided Theresa May's plan to agree sweeping new global trade deals, describing the plot as a fanciful notion of a new British Empire.

President of the BDI industry group, Dieter Kempf, has advised Washington against engaging in protectionist policies and said "those who have trouble understanding how trade surpluses and globalization effects are created are invited to come here and take a look".


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