November 30, 2018 / 11:34 AM / 15 days ago

German chancellery aware of plans for White House meeting of German car bosses

BERLIN, Nov 30 (Reuters) - The German chancellery is aware of the idea of a meeting between representatives of the U.S. government and the executives of German car companies, a spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday.

Top executives from German carmakers Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler are finalising plans for a White House meeting on trade policy next week, German and U.S. officials said on Thursday.

U.S. President Donald Trump has for months threatened to impose tariffs on vehicles assembled in the EU. The German government spokeswoman stressed that the European Commission was in principle responsible for negotiating with the U.S. administration on trade and tariffs. (Reporting by Michelle Martin, Editing by Tassilo Hummel)

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