President Trump Hosts a Joint Press Conference with Chancellor Merkel of Germany

Scheduled to begin at 1:50 pm.

Here is what The Financial Times has to say about this visit:

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s brief trip to Washington on Friday comes hot-on-the-heels of the three-day visit by Emmanuel Macron, which appeared to cement the French president’s status as President Donald Trump’s favourite European.

But there will be no banquets, no speech to Congress and no public displays of Trumpian affection for Ms Merkel. Europe’s most powerful woman will spend just two-and-a-half hours in the White House, before being bundled off to her waiting plane.

A senior official said one should not read too much into that. Mr Macron was on a full state visit, while Ms Merkel is going for a mere “working meeting”.

“It doesn’t make much sense to compare such trips by their length,” he said.

But for many in Berlin, there is rich symbolism here. Mr Macron’s visit appeared to herald a new golden age in relations between the US and France. Ms Merkel is, in contrast, the unloved leader of a country Mr Trump sees as inimical to US interests.

According to Reuters:

Ahead of the trip, German officials said they expected U.S. tariffs on European steel and aluminum products to kick in on May 1, when an exemption expires. But they said Germany would try to negotiate a broad package including other industries.

“I think the chancellor would prefer a broad dialogue with the Americans. The government is open to extending the package to other duties and trade barriers,” one official added.

In Washington, a White House official said the United States would press Germany about trade deficits that “pose risks to global economic stability”, and “would like to remove barriers … to trade so that we can level the playing field”.

“We want to work with Berlin on global unfair trading practices because those are impacting our economies in equal measure,” he said.

The White House official said Trump would press Merkel to increase Germany’s funding for NATO, a subject he has pushed since taking office.

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5 Responses to President Trump Hosts a Joint Press Conference with Chancellor Merkel of Germany

  1. auscitizenmom says:

    I like that PTrump is plain spoken. He doesn’t beat about the bush about Germany paying more money for NATO. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. auscitizenmom says:

    OMG They wanted a billion dollars to build a new embassy and PTrump objected. LOL The ambassador said he could do it for $140,000. So he gave them $400,000 and said to make it really beautiful. LOL


  3. auscitizenmom says:

    Hm. It appears the German press are big asses, too. 🙄

    Liked by 1 person

  4. czarowniczy says:

    Presser question I’d like to hear: “Chancellor Merkel, where did Germany as a whole leave its cajones and when can it expect to get them back?”.

    Liked by 1 person

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