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

Jon Howard
July 1, 2017

"That was the USA secretary of commerce, who had promised us a 10-minute statement", organizer Werner M. Bahlsen told the audience.

Trump administration officials told Reuters earlier on Tuesday that new steel tariffs were among trade options under consideration against China for Beijing's inaction on reining in North Korea and on worldwide trade issues.

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 USA presidency after campaigning on a protectionist programme.

Angela Merkel has dialed back her opposition to same-sex marriage, saying that she will no longer instruct her party to oppose legislation to legalise equal marriage in Germany.

German Chancellor #Angela Merkel has announced the resumption of European Union and United States negotiations on a #Free Trade Agreement that was postponed after #Donald Trump became the U.S. president. "We, as major trading partners of each other, should have a free-trade agreement".

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But Lavrov added that it would "probably not be right" if Putin and Trump did not talk at the G20 summit of world economic powers. He said it was traditional at such events that leaders crossed paths.

Germany's Economy Ministry later weighed in to the debate, saying Ross's criticism "contained nothing new" and dismissing a report he is compiling on the potential risks to the USA of steel imports - a document that Germany fears could have grave consequences for its own steel industry.

Earlier, Ross said the USA and the European Union should restart Transatlantic Trade an Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks.

"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. The TTIP negotiations were started in 2013, with the main goal being establishing a large free trade space on both sides of the Atlantic, have suddenly been interrupted by the election of Donald Trump, whose economic program is strongly marked by protectionism.

In 2015 Merkel said she thought the word Ehe (marriage) should be reserved for unions between men and women. Merkel is seeking re-election for a fourth term in September.

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