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It has also been said that Trump was unable to grasp the concept of not being able to do an individual trade deal with Germany at his recent meeting with Angela Merkel, as she insisted and stated quite categorically that a deal could only be done with the European Union as a whole which of course Germany is just one member, albeit the main driving force of the entire EU.

Though her father did not deign to shake German chancellor Angela Merkel's hand when the two met in March and the Internet observed Merkel potentially throwing serious shade in Ivanka's direction at a White House roundtable, Merkel evidently ended up having a rather positive visit with Ivanka.

Donald Trump will prioritise the European Union ahead of Britain over free-trade deals with the U.S., officials have said.

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.

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

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"On the 11th refusal, Trump finally got the message, 'Oh, we'll do a deal with Europe then'".

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

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".

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

Trade became a major issue during the Brexit campaign when the then-president Barack Obama said Britain would go to "the back of the queue" for a deal if it voted to leave. His comment was denounced by people campaigning to leave the European Union, who claimed that the United Kingdom would be free to negotiate quick trade deals with major global economies once it had left the EU.

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