Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Germany's Merkel meets Trump amid tense ties

Germany's Merkel meets Trump amid tense ties

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Trump will meet face-to-face for the first time in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday in a much-anticipated and highly consequential summit for both leaders.

This combination of file photos created on January 16, 2017 shows US President-elect Donald Trump (R, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster, New Jersey) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (July 28, 2016 in Berlin). Instead, the building of trust will be Merkel's main goal, her government's coordinator for trans-Atlantic relations said.

Responses from Europe's largest economy could include incrementally higher duties on imports from America and allowing German companies to make their USA import tax deductible, thus compensating their competitive disadvantage, according to the report.

The meeting with Merkel will also allow Trump to discuss peace efforts in Ukraine.

After their meeting, Trump and Merkel are expected to hold a joint press conference. Topics of discussion were expected to include Russian Federation, trade, NATO, and refugees. "I will of course point out that for us, our country and our membership in the European Union are two sides of the same coin", Merkel said in Brussels ahead of the visit.

Trump has been vocal about his opinions about Merkel, whose support for accepting Syrian refugees had been called as "insane", and "ruining Germany" in a tweet by Trump.

The meeting would also allow for an exchange of bilateral and worldwide topics, and transatlantic ties, as we have always stressed, are very important. Apart from hearing Merkel's "insights into what it's like to deal with Russians", the official said Trump would also ask for advice on how USA could help resolve the Ukraine conflict.

White House officials said Trump's initial opinion of Putin is operative.

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