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U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross speaks at the SelectUSA Investment Summit, National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has cancelled a trip to Germany on Tuesday, the economy ministry in Berlin said, giving no reason.

Trade is a contentious issue between Germany and the United States under U.S. President Donald Trump, who advocates more protectionist policies while Germany has made free and fair trade one of its priorities in its Group of 20 presidency.

Ross had been due to meet German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries and to address an event hosted by the economic council of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party.

(Reporting by Madeline Chambers, editing by Ed Osmond)

Reuters