Angela Merkel’s Debut in Trump’s Washington

Source: Spiegel International, March 11

Angela Merkel is planning a dual strategy for her first face-to-face meeting with Donald Trump on Tuesday. She wants to foster close personal relations with the new U.S. president, but she also wants to make clear that Berlin is armed for a trade war against Washington….

The chancellor will be accompanied on her trip by Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser and BMW head Harald Krüger according to an agreement she reached with US Vice President Mike Pence at the Munich Security Conference in February.

Kaeser and Krüger are to explain to Trump how many jobs and training positions their companies create in the United States. The president has greater trust in executives than in politicians and Merkel is hoping that Trump will listen to the heads of two blue-chip Germany companies.

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2 responses to “Angela Merkel’s Debut in Trump’s Washington

  1. I think Americans should be offended that Merkel is treating their President as though he’s some sort of slow learner with borderline personality disorder. What next? Some country’s leader turns up with school teachers, lego and crayons?

    • “slow learner with borderline personality disorder” If the shoe fits…
      “What next?” If only there were a principal’s office…

      What exactly is patronizing about Merkel’s approach? Seems like a savvy and reasonable strategy.