U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai will travel to Britain on Wednesday and hold talks with British trade minister Elizabeth Truss after participating in a U.S.-European Union summit and holding several bilateral meetings, her office said.
Tai first disclosed her trip to Brussels – her first overseas trip – during a town hall hosted by the AFL-CIO trade federation on Thursday, but the UK stop was previously not known.
The U.S. trade czar’s office released details late on Friday, saying Tai would arrive in Brussels on Sunday for the U.S.–EU summit and bilateral meetings with counterparts, including EU trade commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis.
“The summit will underscore our commitment to a strong Transatlantic partnership based on shared interests and values,” USTR said in a statement. It will focus on the global economy, the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, digital and trade cooperation and other foreign policy concerns, USTR said.
On Wednesday, Tai will travel to London and hold bilateral meetings with British trade secretary Elizabeth Truss before returning to the United States, USTR said.
U.S. allies have been anxious to start talks with Tai after years of tariffs and tensions during the Trump administration. The White House has said it will put new trade deals on hold until it has reviewed Trump’s trade policies.