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Oncoming blizzard delays first meeting between Trump and German's Merkel

14 March, 2017, 00:23 | Author: Paula Vaughn
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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.

The reserved German leader herself underlined that she is travelling to Washington not only as Germany's leader, but also as an envoy of the EU.

While former U.S. President Barack Obama had labelled Merkel his "closest worldwide partner", there has been little known contact between the German leader and Trump since he took office. The implications: maybe Trump shared those values and maybe he didn't.

The thorny issue of Berlin's stagnant contribution to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defence commitments will probably also be discussed, and White House officials have said that Mr Trump will ask the German chancellor for her thoughts on the Ukraine crisis, Kremlin meddling in western elections, and the Syrian refugee crisis.

After their meeting, Trump and Merkel are expected to hold a joint press conference. Merkel has been a leading critic of Trump's effort to ban travelers temporarily from seven Muslim-majority nations, a list that has since been pared back to six.

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Thorsten Benner, co-founder and director of the Global Public Policy Institute.

Their meeting tomorrow will help craft the future of transatlantic relations, shaping policy in five key areas: trade, immigration, climate change, foreign policy, and defense.

The magazine wrote over the weekend that it had obtained documents showing what Merkel planned to discuss during her first visit to the Trump White House, set for March 14, as well as what Germany might do to respond to a US border adjustable tax plan. Apart from hearing Merkel's "insights into what it's like to deal with Russians", the official said Trump would also ask for advice on how United States could help resolve the Ukraine conflict. "Political and business leaders, unnerved by his pronouncements, have also lashed out". "The characterization is fanciful".

Some analysts believe the leaders will "skirt around the Russia issue" during the meeting, though one administration official told Bloomberg on Friday that "Trump wants to hear Merkel's views on dealing with Russian President Vladimir Putin and on prospects for peace in eastern Ukraine".

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