Trump's explanation for not shaking Angela Merkel's hand is really dumb

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday said she was encouraged that Washington would take a look at a future trade agreement with the European Union.

Mr Ross confirmed in an interview with the Financial Times the proposed EU-US trade deal - originally negotiated under President Obama - is something Mr Trump is likely to restore.

But he must not have really gotten it, as Trump reportedly asked Merkel another 10 times during the course of the meeting, before finally seeming to understand.

But Reuters reported that German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Friday he was optimistic a US-EU trade deal could be reached soon after he met his US counterpart in Washington.

White House officials also confirmed Trump's change of priorities to the Times.

Britain can not enter into new trade deals until it has officially left the European Union in May 2019, but officials are keen to negotiate the terms of new agreements in advance.

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Everytime she replied 'You can't do a deal with Germany, only the EU. "On the eleventh refusal, Trump finally got the message", said an unnamed senior German official.

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.

This is not the first time the German leader has had to explain things to her American colleague: in January, only days after Trump took office, it was reported that she had to explain to the USA president his country's obligations under the Geneva refugee convention.

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".

During the first three months of the administration, Ivanka Trump has strived to highlight issues relating to women's economic empowerment.

Trump is an informal adviser to her father Donald, a highly unusual role for a USA president's daughter.

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