Trump’s election campaign insults complicate Merkel visit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

US president Donald Trump is welcoming German chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House after having spent much much of 2016 criticising her – accusing her of “ruining” Germany by allowing an influx of refugees from Syria.

The leaders of the western world’s most influential counties will meet face-to-face for the first time in Washington on Friday.

The White House said the agenda includes discussions on strengthening Nato, fighting Islamic State and resolving Ukraine’s conflict – all matters which require close co-operation between the US and Germany.
The meeting will be capped with a joint news conference.

The sit-down talks could mark the start of a more cordial relationship, as Mr Trump has adopted a more diplomatic stance in his meetings with world leaders since he took office.

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