When asked about equal marriage yesterday (June 26), Merkel replied: "I would like to steer the discussion more towards the situation that it will be a question of conscience instead of me forcing something through by means of a majority vote".
The U.S. commerce secretary was cut off in mid-speech during a video feed to an event hosted by Chancellor Angela Merkel's party, underscoring how German patience with attacks on the country's trade surplus is fraying.
US President Donald Trump called Germany's trade and spending policies "very bad" yesterday (30 May), intensifying a row between the longtime allies and immediately earning himself the moniker "destroyer of Western values" from a leading German politician.
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 United States trade ties fairer. Look at the millions of cars they sell in the US.
"As your biggest customer, we hope to obtain a larger share of your market", he said.
The chancellor in her speech welcomed Ross' support for restarting talks on TTIP, a goal she and former President Barack Obama championed.
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. "Trade is not something where the one side wins and the other side loses".
Bent on tackling trade deficits, the Trump Administration now appears to have its heart set on reducing the trade imbalance with European Union states, Germany in particular, in the hope it can open up their markets for USA firms.
However, Ross told German lawmakers that the Trump administration sees "little point in negotiating treaties that will not be honored" and that the U.S. has in Europe "a good counterparty with whom we have had, and will continue to have, productive discussions that benefit all".