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British commercial director Liz Truss seeks closer ties to technology companies during a US visit – POLITICO

LONDON – UK Trade Secretary Liz Truss is heading to the United States on a five-day visit to seek new connections with the country’s tech giants.

Truss’ trip, which runs Sunday through Thursday, will stop in San Francisco to meet Silicon Valley companies and representatives from California Governor Gavin Newsom.

“With UK-US trade supporting over a million jobs in both countries, there is a clear reason to work together to deepen and better build our trade and investment ties,” Truss said in a statement released by her department.

Truss will first stop in Washington, where she will meet US Trade Representative Katherine Tai for talks on bilateral trade issues. These include ongoing United States Section 232 tariffs on British steel and aluminum, as well as coordinated crackdown on China’s use of government subsidies.

In Washington, Truss and her team will speak to prominent Democrats to further promote closer trade ties. In the absence of a trade deal between the UK and the US, the Department for International Trade (DIT) last month peppered Congress and representatives from all 50 US states with fact sheets highlighting the value of state-level trade.

During her trip to California on Tuesday, Truss will speak about this case in a state that is one of the largest and fastest growing economies in the United States at Windsor Castle in October.

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