Merkel flies in for Trump meeting flanked by German CEOs

  • Merkel flies in for Trump meeting flanked by German CEOs

Merkel flies in for Trump meeting flanked by German CEOs

Merkel, who flies to Washington, D.C. next week to meet with Trump, told the German Parliament that Europe "must be able to have an independent crisis management in our region" - not in competition, but in addition to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

German counsellor Angela Merkel will meet U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House.

The senior German official also said Merkel was committed to boosting defence spending in line with a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation target for military budgets to account for 2 percent of economic output, and would offer convincing arguments to Trump on this issue. "They agreed due to the weather that the meeting should be postponed, rescheduled to March 17", Trump's spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters on Monday. When the first USA refugee ban was announced in late January, Merkel reportedly explained the terms of Geneva Convention in a phone call with the president.

Merkel had been due to meet Trump for more than two hours on Tuesday, followed by a working lunch.

As Trump has done with other world leaders in recent weeks, he will host Merkel for a bilateral meeting and joint news conference.

He said Germany-US cooperation on the settlement in Ukraine will be discussed in Washington on Tuesday.

"Talking directly is always much better than talking about each other", she said.

While Merkel is a firm believer in the European Union and globalisation, Trump cheers Britain's departure from the EU and scrapped the TPP free trade deal in his first days in office.

"I am deeply convinced that the trans-Atlantic partnership based on common values is in all of our interests, not only for us Europeans", she said. Another source of tension is Germany's 50 billion-euro trade surplus with the United States. "Precisely because the nature of the trans-Atlantic relationship has changed, Europe has chose to take more responsibility in the future, both in our own neighbourhood and beyond".