Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Money | By Oscar Reynolds

Merkel Thinks Direct Contact With Trump Vital

Merkel Thinks Direct Contact With Trump Vital

The magazine wrote over the weekend that it had obtained documents showing what Merkel planned to discuss during her first visit to the Trump White House, set for March 14, as well as what Germany might do to respond to a US border adjustable tax plan.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at the European Union summit in Brussels on March 9.

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 day of events was slated to include talks, a news conference, and a working lunch. NATO's 28-member countries committed in 2014 to spending 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense within a decade but only the US and four other members of the post-World War II military coalition are in compliance. But, he has since told European leaders he agrees on the "fundamental importance" of the military alliance, a message that was reinforced by Vice President Mike Pence during his recent trip to Europe.

During the 2016 USA presidential campaign, Trump regularly criticized Merkel for her open-door refugee policy, contrasting it with what he promised would be tighter controls in the United States if he won office.

Mr Trump will use his first face-to-face meeting with Angela Merkel to put pressure on Germany to "share the burden" of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending, a senior administration official said.

Trump had signaled he would consider a more open relationship with Russian Federation, but has yet to take action amid questions about his campaign's contact with Moscow.

The two also differ on immigration policies - she slammed his ban on citizens from mainly-Muslim countries, while he criticised as "catastrophic" her liberal refugee stance that led more than a million asylum-seekers into Germany.

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.

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