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Merkel Says Germany Is Providing Jobs For Americans
November 25 2017, 11:18 | Alonzo Simpson
German audience laughs after Trump Cabinet member's address cut off
"Now we look forward to the chancellor's speech", he continued.
Germany is set to legalize same-sex marriage Friday after a heated spat sealed an election-year divorce between Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and her center-left governing partners.
Ross' address comes one week before the Merkel and Trump will meet with their global counterparts at the G-20 summit in Hamburg. German officials said earlier that Ross had canceled a trip to Berlin to address the meeting in person.
"As your biggest customer, we hope to obtain a larger share of your market", Ross said. Germany, which has a record trade surplus, is the target of a new American administration accusing it of unfair competition.
She "rejected [Ross's] criticism of Germany's surplus", says Bloomberg, then advocated direct investment in the U.S.by German companies.
Merkel and others have tried to explain that Germany is part of the European Union and therefore can't trade individually with the USA - it's the whole bloc, or no one.
In 2013, Merkel also expressed worries about gay couples being allowed to adopt, saying she was concerned about the "children's welfare", the BBC reported.
"We have absolutely no ground to believe that German steel exports to the USA pose a threat to the country's security", ministry spokeswoman Tanja Alemany told reporters in Berlin on Wednesday.
The bill is widely supported by most parties and is expected to pass, particularly after Merkel gave members of her own party her blessing to vote their conscience. One of his first acts as president was to withdraw the United States from a similar free trade deal with the Asia-Pacific region. It's a rare point of agreement on trade policy between Trump and Merkel, who will be key players when G-20 leaders seek to agree on shared goals.
The issue gained renewed urgency ahead of the September elections, when Merkel distanced herself from the clear opposition in the CDU during an interview on Monday and referred to a free vote.