Since decamping to Washington and joining her father in the White House, Ivanka has also begun to develop a reputation for being seen but not heard: while she claims to be an advocate for women, she hasn't been able to stop her father from reinstating the global gag rule, or allow some states to block federal funding to Planned Parenthood, or revoke an Obama-era fair pay order that could help even the gender pay gap. "'Oh, we'll do a deal with Europe then'".
US President Donald Trump has reportedly bumped the United Kingdom down the queue for a new free trade deal after German Chancellor Angela Merkel convinced him that he should first strike a deal with the EU.
A "source close to the White House" claims it was this interaction with Merkel that led the administration to focus on trading with the European Union, ahead of the UK.
"Ten times Trump asked her [Merkel] if he could negotiate a trade deal with Germany", an unnamed German politician told the Times. "Everytime she replied 'You can't do a deal with Germany, only the European Union", a senior German official told The Sunday Times.
At the joint press conference held during Merkel's March visit to the U.S., she pointedly took Trump to task for relegating most of his communiques to the one-sided format of social media, notably through his tweets, unambiguously stating, "It's much better to talk to one another than about one another".More news: Apple Music's latest exclusive acquisition is a documentary about Clive Davis
Despite the frosty vibe of the photo op and the report that Trump presented Merkel with a bill for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defense spending, the president told AP that he and the German leader got along famously.
"On the 11th refusal, Trump finally got the message, 'Oh, we'll do a deal with Europe then'".
He said he had seen a relaxation in the dispute with the USA over trade and believed a "non-confrontational solution" would be reached when financial leaders of the world's 20 top economies meet in Hamburg in July under Germany's presidency.
The comment was denounced as meddling by those campaigning to leave the bloc, who argued that Britain would be free to negotiate quick trade deals with major economies around the world once it had left the bloc.