Published: Thu, March 16, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Donald Trump, Angela Merkel postpone meeting due to snow forecast

Donald Trump, Angela Merkel postpone meeting due to snow forecast

"They agreed due to the weather that the meeting should be postponed, rescheduled to March 17th", Trump's spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters.

The president is expected to hold a joint press conference with Merkel on Friday.

According to aides and analysts, Trump's meeting with Merkel is the most important sit-down with a foreign leader since the Republican businessman took office in January.

For months, Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have engaged in an uneasy long-distance skirmish over policy and values.

"You can only find that out when you're there, and this is a situation where she's particularly good because she observes things", Tempel said.

The senior German official also said Merkel was committed to boosting defence spending in line with a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation target for military budgets to account for 2 percent of economic output, and would offer convincing arguments to Trump on this issue.

If you want to grossly oversimplify USA trade deficits, you can.

Krueger will accompany Merkel on her USA trip alongside another heavyweight ally, Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser.

"Talking directly is always much better than talking about each other", she said. "Merkel and Trump really are the polar opposite of each other on so many levels". Trump has elicited European concerns on multiple other issues, too, including his more friendly approach to Russian Federation and his position on climate change. Causes of friction between Berlin and the USA administration also include an accusation by a senior Trump adviser that Germany profits unfairly from a weak euro, and a threat to impose 35 percent tariffs on imported vehicles. A number of prominent German business leaders, including BMW CEO Harald Krüger and Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser, will join her on the trip to lobby against harsh tax hikes on German cars and moderate discussion on reducing America's $65 billion trade deficit with Germany.

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