Angela Merkel interrupted Donald Trump as the US President discussed the "bad imbalance" in trade arrangements between the United States and the European Union. President Trump discussed negotiations he has been having "for a long time" to change the current agreements between the US and the bloc but was cut short as the German Chancellor interrupted. The Chancellor piped up: "Can I get one word?"
Mrs Merkel then switched to German to welcome the "change in leadership" of the European Commission as a new beginning for talks with the United States.
The German Chancellor said: "I think the fact there’s a new Commission in place and also another leadership, with a new President of the European Commission, means we now have a very good basis to resume our talks."
Before the interruption, President Trump said relations with the EU had a "tough" impact on the United States and he looks forward to renegotiating the commercial ties with the bloc.
Mr Trump said: "Trade is very important. Germany is a big trading partner but it’s really been the European Union.Trump news: Angela Merkel interrupted Trump as he spoke of talks with the EU (Image: GETTY)Trump news: Angela Merkel said the "change of leadership" in the EU is a new basis for talks (Image: NBC NEWS)
"We’ve been discussing it for quite a while – it’s been a bit tough for the United States.
"We’ve had a very bad imbalance for many, many years, for decades actually. I think we’ll come to a satisfactory agreement."
The US leader later took a dig at Germany when asked about whether he and Mrs Merkel would also talk about Germany's failure to meet the demands of NATO membership.
Mr Trump said: "Germany is a little under the limit, I will say that.
"We’ll talk about that now."