Ew. Angela Merkel is in town and walking around the White House. I hope Trump gives her what is coming to her. She is by far the WORST world leader out there for a supposed ‘democratic’ nation.
President Donald Trump gave German Chancellor Angela Merkel a warm welcome at the White House today after accusing her of ‘ruining Germany’ for allowing an influx of refugees from Syria during his presidential campaign.
If Trump wanted a close working relationship with Merkel, he had a funny way of showing it last year.
‘You watch what happens to Angela Merkel, who I always thought of as a very good leader until she did this. I don’t know what went wrong with her,’ said then-candidate Trump at an August rally in Virginia. ‘What went wrong? Angela, what happened?’
Trump may not ask the same question directly to Merkel as the leaders of the Western world’s most influential counties meet face-to-face for the first time.
A snowstorm forced them to postpone their plans for a meeting on Tuesday.
The itinerary includes discussions on strengthening NATO, fighting the Islamic State group and resolving Ukraine’s conflict, all matters that require close cooperation between the U.S. and Germany, the White House said ahead of the visit.
The meeting will be capped with a joint news conference.
But Merkel is used to an altogether different type of American leader, having shared a strong bond with President Barack Obama.
She was the last of Obama’s key European allies still in power when he left office. And as the leader of Europe’s biggest economy and most stable government, Merkel emerged in recent years as the leading voice for a continent struggling with slow growth, identity issues and increased security threats after a string of terrorist attacks.
Reflecting their connection, Obama and his wife called Merkel and her husband on the day before Trump’s inauguration to thank her for ‘her strong, courageous and steady leadership.’ It was Obama’s final call with a foreign leader, his advisers said.
Merkel’s first major encounter with Trump comes as she seeks a fourth term as chancellor in elections later this year. She has acknowledged the contest could be difficult and has stressed a need for stability after Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.
She reportedly has studied Trump’s speeches and policies in advance of her trip, eager to find areas for cooperation. Steven Keil, a fellow with The German Marshall Fund of the United States, said Merkel has little reason to dwell on Trump’s past comments.