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

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

"That was the USA secretary of commerce, who had promised us a 10-minute statement", Werner M. Bahlsen, head of the CDU Economic Council, told the audience Tuesday evening.

"As you saw, he spoke a bit slowly, so it took a bit longer".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday called on the U.S. 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.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has indicated a change in her viewpoint on same-sex marriage, and that she will open a path to a vote on marriage equality in Germany's federal legislature, the Bundestag, according to The New York Times.

He did not specify what kind of measures President Donald Trump would take to tackle overcapacity in the steel sector, a major issue for an administration that says it wants to make USA trade ties fairer.

The commerce department is invoking a Cold War-era trade law that allows the president to limit imports of certain products and materials deemed critical for national defense.

THE US might have no choice but to resort to "broad-scale" measures to fight steel dumping should its partners fail to help find a common solution to the problem, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Tuesday.

Merkel and others have tried to explain that Germany is part of the European Union and therefore can't trade individually with the US - it's the whole bloc, or no one.

Merkel, who will host a G20 summit in Hamburg on July 7-8, said late on Monday she did not see common interests between the United States and Europe on climate and trade policy at the moment.

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 US of steel imports - a document that Germany fears could have grave consequences for its own steel industry. "Very bad for U.S. This will change". 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.

Forsa said 52 percent of those polled would back Merkel for a fourth term if the chancellor were elected directly, a drop of 1 percentage point, compared with an unchanged 22 percent who would back SPD leader Martin Schulz, the former president of the European Parliament.

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