German political party cheers after Trump cabinet member cut off


During a business conference for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s political party Tuesday, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross addressed the attendees via video. That video was cut off when it surpassed its allotted time, inducing the crowd to respond with glee.

The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) conference was held in Berlin, and Ross’s video had been given “roughly 20 minutes,” according to Bloomberg. When the time was up, the video was reportedly “faded out.” That’s when attendees started to applaud and laugh.

Werner Bahlsen, head of CDU Economic Council, said Ross “had promised us a 10-minute statement.”

“As you saw, he spoke a bit slowly, so it took a bit longer,” Bahlsen continued. “Now we look forward to the chancellor’s speech.”

According to The Hill, Ross “echoed President Trump’s criticism of Germany’s trade surplus with the U.S.”

Ross also agreed with Merkel, saying the U.S. and the European Union should restart Transatlantic Trade an Investment Partnership (TTIP).

“We, as major trading partners of each other, should have a free-trade agreement,” Ross reportedly said.

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