Trump's Commerce Chief Silenced as German Patience Runs Out

German audience laughs after Trump Cabinet member's address cut off

Initial talks on the TTIP, which would create a huge free trade area on both sides of the Atlantic, came to a halt when Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency after campaigning on a protectionist programme.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday called on the USA and European Union to resume talks on a free trade agreement after the Trump administration gave the clearest signal yet that it was willing relaunch negotiations on such an accord.

German investments in the USA provide jobs for Americans, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday in a push for a free trade agreement.

Merkel then took the stage.

"As your biggest customer, we hope to attain a larger share of your market", Ross told the meeting over a video link from Washington, D.C., according to Deutsche Welle. Germany, which has a record trade surplus, is the target of a new American administration accusing it of unfair competition.




"But on the issue of climate protection or free trade, we do not have this at the moment", she said, adding that Trump had a vision of globalisation "that is different to mine - very much so".

The Trump administration who announced war on trade deficits now thinks that agreement would allow it to reduce the imbalance with the European Union, particularly with Germany, by opening more markets to USA companies.

US Commerce Secretary Ross had hinted last month in an interview with US media that the Trump administration would be "open" to resuming talks on a free trade pact with the EU. She argued that direct investment to the U.S.by German companies should also be considered.

"We have absolutely no ground to believe that German steel exports to the USA pose a threat to the country's security", ministry spokeswoman Tanja Alemany told reporters in Berlin on Wednesday.

In her speech, Merkel rejected Ross' criticisms. It's a rare point of agreement on trade policy between Trump and Merkel, who will be key players when G-20 leaders seek to agree on shared goals. At an event in Berlin hosted by a women's magazine, Chancellor Merkel responded to a question from the audience and said opinion polls show that the vast majority of Germans favor marriage equality.

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