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When Donald Trump meets Angela Merkel: the key battleground areas

When Donald Trump meets Angela Merkel: the key battleground areas

After accusing German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the campaign trail of "ruining Germany" by welcoming refugees, President Trump will have his first face-to-face meeting with the German leader at the White House on Tuesday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a media conference at the end of an European Union summit in Brussels. He once said what she did in Germany with refugees was "insane".

She was scheduled to spend Tuesday meeting with President Donald Trump and holding a joint news conference.

Trump's first encounter will be aimed at building a personal rapport with a European partner who was among former President Barack Obama's strongest allies and worldwide confidantes, according to the officials, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity despite the president's recent criticism of anonymous sources. The $65 billion United States trade deficit with Germany was "one of the most difficult" trade issues facing Mr Trump, he said, and bilateral discussions were needed to reduce it outside European Union restrictions. Formerly worked with the German Council on Foreign Relations.

Trump will also be looking to Merkel's experience on the world stage, including in dealing with Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Merkel won't be flying solo in D.C.

Merkel said that despite the current changes in the US, 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.

Merkel has questioned Trump's skepticism of global trade deals and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance.

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. 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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