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

Mar 14, 2017, 00:38
Oncoming blizzard delays first meeting between Trump and German's Merkel

Merkel is arriving in the U.S. Monday flanked by the CEOs of automaker BMW and industrial firm Siemens as well as representatives of other German companies with American operations.

Angela Merkel will try to head off any attempt by President Trump to penalise German imports when she travels to Washington tomorrow.

As for Merkel, she has so far carefully avoided any overt confrontation with the USA president, promising to judge Trump on his actions rather than his words.

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But the Trump administration-whose officials have already sniped at Germany for its hefty trade surplus-shouldn't mistake Mrs. Merkel's pursuit of good. The U.S. turning its back on free trade would hit the European Union hard, and export-driven Germany even harder.

Merkel will be accompanied by an army of business leaders, but this time the delegation faces an uncertain reception as Trump advocates for an "America First" policy. He once said what she did in Germany with refugees was "insane".

Although, Trump has been disapproving of Merkel's policies on many issues in the past, administration officials have indicated in a press briefing, the goal of Tuesday's meeting will "have a positive interaction". While Trump has spoken of a warm relationship with the Russian leader, Merkel has had a historically testy one.