EU countries have been warned not to make individual 'special deals' with Donald Trump
Ted Malloch, a leading contender to become the US ambassador to the EU, has said the US administration would rather to work with EU countries on an individual basis than the 28-nation bloc as a whole.
German deputy foreign minister Michael Roth told daily newspaper Die Welt: "It won't benefit anyone in Europe if individual countries get involved in special deals with the U.S."
Mr Roth added that he hopes talks with President Trump can prove beneficial for both countries.
He said: "With a view to Trump's recent interviews, there is a lot to set straight and even more to explain."
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Swiftly after moving into the White House, President Trump held a series of phone calls with five world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
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German deputy foreign minister Michael Roth
Mr Trump invited Mrs Merkel to visit him in Washington “soon”, White House sources confirmed.
And the German Chancellor in turn extended an invitation to the president to join the G20 summit in Hamburg in July.
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They both acknowledged how important German-American cooperation was for mutual security, and also promote stability in the wider world.
Mr Trump agreed with Mrs Merkel that there was a need to strengthen ties to fight terrorism
Mr Trump agreed with Mrs Merkel that there was a need to strengthen ties to fight terrorism and extremism, and work harder to stabilise conflict zones, particularly in the Middle East and Africa.
He is also understood to have spoken to Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Japanese prime minister Shinzō Abe, French president François Hollande, and the prime minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull.
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