Published: Tue, April 25, 2017
Research | By Chelsea Rogers

Angela Merkel Reportedly Had To Explain EU Trade to Trump Eleven Times

U.S. President Donald Trump looks on as Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin speaks at a signing ceremony at the Treasury Department in Washington, U.S., April 21, 2017.

European Union rules do not allow bilateral trade deals.

The first daughter, an unpaid adviser to President Donald Trump, will spend Tuesday in Berlin at the invitation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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.

The change of heart is said to have taken place during his talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel when Trump realised a US-EU deal would be simpler than negotiating with individual EU countries, which is not permitted under EU laws, and Britain.

Merkel did not mention the exchange, saying only that she was very encouraged following her United States visit and adding that the EU's first priority was to complete work on a deal with Japan.

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"Every time she replied, "You can't do a trade deal with Germany, only the EU", the politician said.

Trump and Merkel participated in a discussion on vocational training during the German leader's March visit to the White House.

"On the eleventh refusal, Trump finally got the message", the source added.

Upon returning from her visit to Washington, Merkel briefed her cabinet members on Trump's "very basic misunderstandings" on the "fundamentals" of the European Union and trade.

He said he had seen a relaxation in the dispute with the USA over trade and believed a "non-confrontational solution" would be reached when financial leaders of the world's 20 top economies meet in Hamburg in July under Germany's presidency.

Barack Obama was accused of meddling by Brexit campaigners during the run-up to the referendum when he said Britain would go to "the back of the queue" for a deal if it voted leave.

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