UPDATED 10:09 AM PT — Mon. Dec. 3, 2018
As trade talks continue between the U.S. and EU, Germany’s chancellor has denied that Tuesday’s discussions between German automakers and the Trump administration had anything to do with the issue.
While speaking Monday, Angela Merkel previewed Tuesday’s meeting and said trade will not be an area that will be focused on.
This comes as top executives for a number of auto companies prepare to meet with the administration after the president threatened tariffs on billions of dollars of German auto imports.
“This is not about any trade issues — rather these trade issues are unanimously decided on by the European Commission for all member states, but the German carmakers or the German firms are big employers in the United States of America, so there is definitely reason to talk to the U.S. administration about a number of issues,” stated the German chancellor.
Merkel said some of those issues include future investments and the future of American employers for German automakers.