GETTY IMAGESAngela Merkel has attempted to build bridges with Mr Tump, but he President has seemed reluctant
The President has long advocated a reduction in down America’s huge deficit - which stands at an eye-watering £406billion ($566bn) - and insists a trade war fought with tariffs on steel and aluminium will help redress the balance.
Germany is one of the many nations Mr Trump has singled out for employing “unfair” trade practices, but he has specifically criticised Berlin for paying “far less than they should on Nato”.
But in a dig at President Trump’s new trade policy, Angela Merkel suggested her country was selling £216bn ($301bn) more than it was importing simply because German products were in demand.
She said Germany was beginning to export less of its products overseas, but added other factors outside of her control which had helped fuel Germany’s massive surplus.Related articles
...Then these are things that we cannot influence and of course the trade surpluses also show that our products are in demand
Speaking on her official podcast, she said: “There are a number of factors on which we have no influence whatsoever.
“For example when it comes to exchange rates, when it comes to oil prices, then these are things that we cannot influence and of course the trade surpluses also show that our products are in demand.”
She went on to add Berlin would be implementing measures to further lower its