Merkel Says She Looks Forward To Trump Meeting With 'Curiosity,' 'Pleasure'

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She said BMW's plant in the U.S. exported "more cars than GM and Ford together" from the United States, adding: "I'll make that clear".

Under Merkel, Germany welcomed almost 900,000 migrants in 2015.

The two don't see eye to eye on many issues, including immigration and trade. Her signature phrase is, "We'll manage it".

Her high-placed company sends as good a message as any about the direction Merkel expects these introductory talks to take.

Trump took the opposite tack. Both orders have been stayed by federal judges. German intelligence and military officials have provided eye-opening briefings to their American counterparts about Russian deployment of new offensive weapons, including banned Russian missiles, along Russia's Baltic borders. Merkel is an unapologetic globalist who has no use for "protectionist and nationalistic approaches".

"On the basis of these values, I offer the future president of the United States, Donald Trump, close cooperation".

Maybe it's fitting that a winter storm warning delayed Tuesday's scheduled meeting between President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The cautious German chancellor and the impulsive United States president will hold talks in the Oval Office, hoping to narrow differences on NATO, Russia, global trade and a host of other issues.

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That's not the plan.

In the evening, the President will depart the White House for Joint Base Andrews en route to West Palm Beach, Florida.

When Trump won the election Merkel offered a low key congratulations that was carefully worded to make a point.

Today, however, the Trump administration regularly bemoans the failure of both European and Asian allies to pay their fair share for the cost of their defense. In turn, Trump will press Merkel for Germany's commitment to abide by a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation guideline to spend 2 percent of their gross domestic product on their military budget, according to the White House. Though it has committed to boosting defense spending this year, Germany will still fall well short of the 2% target.

Donald Trump's relationship with Angela Merkel has gotten off to a rocky start.

Mrs Merkel has already found cause to criticise Mr Trump's policies. In an ever more unstable world, nations all over the globe have increasingly come to expect the United States to step in and solve their security, economic, and social challenges and conflicts.

Trump's own background may also help break the ice.

The German leader seemed to acknowledge this objective of her trip when she said last week that "talking together rather than talking about one another - that will be my motto of the visit". "That's my motto for this visit, which I'm looking forward to it". She, too, has bragging rights to be an accomplished poker player on the world stage.

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