Snow postpones Trump-Merkel talks until March 17
Nasty weather preparing to hit the Northeast is delaying German chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Washington, DC.
President Donald Trump's meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been postponed from Tuesday until Friday (March 17, 2017) due to a major snow storm closing in on the US East Coast, the White House said. On her first visit with.
In 2012, France's newly elected Socialist President Francois Hollande was en route to meet Merkel, a conservative, but had to return to Paris after his plane was struck by lightning, an incident that helped break the ice in the relationship between the two leaders despite their political differences.
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In pointed remarks about Germany specifically, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro last month said that the country was using a "grossly undervalued" euro to "exploit" the US and European Union, and last week singled out the USA deficit with Germany as "one of the most difficult" trade issues Washington faces.
Many analysts say the meeting is Trump's most important with a foreign leader since taking office. Another source of tension is Germany's 50 billion-euro trade surplus with the United States.
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. It is Germany's third-largest trading partner, just behind China and France.
During the meeting at the White House - the two leaders who have had different views on immigration - are set to discuss a range of issues, including national and global security, dealing with Russian Federation and President Vladimir Putin, the Ukraine conflict, Isis, the Middle East and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.