Backtracking on his previous opposition to negotiating with the crumbling Brussels bloc, the President softened his stance after individual EU member states rejected attempts by his officials to start talks on separate trade agreements.
According to the Times, German chancellor Angela Merkel managed to convince Trump at a private dinner last month that striking a deal between the US and EU would be simpler than he thought.
A senior German politician told the newspaper: “Ten times Trump asked her if he could negotiate a trade deal with Germany.
“Every time she replied with: ‘You can’t do a trade deal with Germany, only the EU.’
“On the element refusal, Trump finally got the message: ‘Oh, we’ll do a deal with Europe then.’”
Boris Johnson said in January Britain would be “first in line” for a trade deal with the US
But this “realisation” led the Trump administration to believe a trade deal with the EU would …