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Mrs. Merkel Goes To Washington: German Chancellor Will Meet President Trump Tuesday

Mrs. Merkel Goes To Washington: German Chancellor Will Meet President Trump Tuesday

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has been eagerly preparing for her first face-to-face meeting with President Donald Trump, will be forced to wait an extra three days for her introduction to the new USA leader.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at the European Union summit in Brussels on March 9.

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who met with Merkel at a security conference last month in Munich, have since expressed support of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, but said European members should bear more of the costs of the military alliance.

As for Merkel, she has so far carefully avoided any overt confrontation with the US president, promising to judge Trump on his actions rather than his words. Topics of discussion were expected to include Russian Federation, trade, NATO, and refugees. Formerly worked with the German Council on Foreign Relations. A number of prominent German business leaders, including BMW CEO Harald Krüger and Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser, will join her on the trip to lobby against harsh tax hikes on German cars and moderate discussion on reducing America's $65 billion trade deficit with Germany.

"Free trade has only made this success story in the US possible - 70 percent of the automobiles produced here are exported", Krueger said at a conference in February. Is the German leader the new leader of the West?

Indirectly referring to Trump's isolationist economic leanings, she said "even if in parts of the world we see protectionist and nationalist approaches on the rise, Europe may never isolate, seal itself off or withdraw".

Merkel instead will meet with President Trump at the White House on Friday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced at his briefing Monday afternoon.

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