July 17, 2018 / 2:29 PM / 2 months ago

EU's Juncker to visit Trump to talk trade on July 25

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will visit U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on July 25 to discuss strained trade ties between the two.

U.S. President Donald Trump, right, talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, left, prior to a working session at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Kappeler, Pool - RC190B36FE00

“President Juncker and President Trump will focus on improving transatlantic trade and forging a stronger economic partnership,” the Commission said in a statement on Tuesday that announced the date.

Trade tensions rose after the United States imposed import tariffs on EU steel and aluminium at the start of June and have increased with Trump’s threat that those tariffs could extend to EU cars.

Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop and Robert-Jan Bartunek

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