President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel share a very uneasy relationship.
Both the world leaders have contradictory views over major policies. The U.S. commander-in-chief has gone as far as calling the chancellor “insane” for letting immigrants into Germany and even dubbed it a “catastrophic mistake.”
Trump, who is always very quick to make baseless judgments, also accused Merkel of “ruining Germany.”
Meanwhile over in Germany, Merkel has expressed major concerns over Trump’s commitment to NATO and his controversial Muslim ban.
Trump’s economic adviser, Peter Navarro, accused Germany of using a "grossly undervalued" euro to gain advantage over the United States and its own European Union partners. While the billionaire baron also threatened to impose tariffs on German car makers, who import to United States.
He is now expected to speak with Merkel to reduce America’s trade deficit with her country.
“Germany is one of the most difficult trade deficits that we're going to have to deal with but we're thinking long and hard about that," said Navarro in a recent press conference.
As for Merkel, she has kept her calm throughout this threatening ordeal and made it very clear to the Trump administration that she doesn’t support the executive order barring people from predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S.
"I have made it clear once again that the fight against terrorism does not justify a general advance against certain countries and people with a certain belief,” she stated, making it very obvious that banning people with different backgrounds and ethnicities will not help combat terrorism.
Merkel explained the refugee convention to Trump in a phone call amid all the anger he steered in her country by objectifying her stance on immigrants and calling her “demented.”
“The chancellor regrets the U.S. government’s entry ban against refugees and the citizens of certain countries. She is convinced that the necessary, decisive battle against terrorism does not justify a general suspicion against people of a certain origin or a certain religion. The refugee convention requires the international community to take in war refugees on humanitarian grounds. All signatory states are obligated to do,” said Merkel’s spokesperson in a statement.
The meeting between the two leaders is expected to be intense. In fact, some believe it would be a make or break situation for both the countries, allowing them to bury the hatchet and move forward.
“Europe is in a very fragile, precarious state and Germany is trying to ensure that the European integration project holds together. I suspect the chancellor will want to make this clear to the president," said Anthony Gardner, former U.S. ambassador to the European Union. "This is an opportunity to sketch out areas of common interest, to define a positive agenda. But one meeting won't change the atmosphere on its own.”
The leaders were first scheduled to meet on March 14. However, Merkel postponed her visit after hearing news of a powerful storm forecast to strike the northeast of the U.S. The two will now meet in the White House on Friday.
Only time will tell the results of the meeting, but with the commander-in-chief, Merkel might get to experience the unexpected.
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