The White House has announced that German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Washington, DC on July 15 for President Joe Biden’s third in-person bilateral meeting at the White House – a mini-summit that aims to unfreeze relations after four years of Donald Trump “America first” approaching.
Merkel’s visit follows Biden’s one-on-one meetings at the Executive Mansion with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in April and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in May. Biden also met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Carbis Bay, England on Thursday ahead of this year’s G-7 summit, where the two leaders unveiled the new Atlantic charter and reaffirmed the “special relationship” between the United States and the United Kingdom. .
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The meeting also comes shortly after Biden lifted sanctions against German entities working on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline despite some opposition from US lawmakers.
“Chancellor Merkel’s visit will confirm the deep bilateral ties between the United States and Germany,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki wrote in a statement on Friday announcing Merkel’s trip. The leaders will discuss their commitment to cooperate closely on a range of common challenges, including ending the COVID-19 pandemic, tackling the threat of climate change, and promoting economic prosperity and international security on the basis of our shared democratic values. “
Merkel, whom former President Barack Obama has repeatedly called his closest European ally, had a much more difficult relationship with Trump. The two men frequently clashed over Germany’s defense engagements. Trump claimed that Germany had not spent enough on its military to meet its NATO obligations. The relationship was perhaps best characterized by a viral photo of Merkel confronting Trump at a G-7 meeting in 2018.
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Merkel had previously announced her intention to step down as chancellor before the end of the year.
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Original author: Christian Datoc
Original location: Biden to welcome German Chancellor Merkel to White House in July after frosty relationship under Trump