Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Science | By Kerry Wheeler

Snowstorm moves Merkel, Trump meeting to Friday

Snowstorm moves Merkel, Trump meeting to Friday

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

The long-serving German leader Angela Merkel meets U.S. President Donald Trump for the first time today whose arrival in the White House will decide whether the bilateral relationship will be further deteriorated with ongoing clashes. Instead, the building of trust will be Merkel's main goal, her government's coordinator for trans-Atlantic relations said.

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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. Topics of discussion were expected to include Russian Federation, trade, NATO, and refugees.

Merkel said that despite the current changes in the USA, the "trans-Atlantic partnership based upon our values and interests" is of overriding importance for Europeans - and that "this is the spirit" in which she would lead her talks with Trump in Washington.

With Trump advisors split over whether to pull out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the German chancellor may have an opening to lobby the USA administration to maintain its support for the historic, 194-nation treaty. He once said what she did in Germany with refugees was "insane".

The meeting - originally set for Tuesday - has been pushed to Friday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said.

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