Merkel's visit to White House delayed by DC snowstorm

German Chancellor Angela Merkel allegedly made a decision to keep the border open for refugees in September 2015 because she feared clashes between migrants and police would look bad on television. He once said what she did in Germany with refugees was "insane".

In January, Trump himself suggested to Germany's largest newspaper that a tariff on BMW imports could be in order.

Merkel, however, will need to look past Trump's past comments, when he accused her of "ruining Germany" because of her acceptance of refugees.

Merkel has questioned Trump's skepticism of global trade deals and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance.

"Free trade has only made this success story in the US possible - 70 percent of the automobiles produced here are exported", Krueger said at a conference in February.

Merkel, who enjoyed a good relationship with former President Barack Obama, has differed on many issues with Trump.

With Trump advisors split over whether to pull out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the German chancellor may have an opening to lobby the USA administration to maintain its support for the historic, 194-nation treaty. He even predicted that voters would overthrow her but simultaneously described her as a great world leader.

Cathryn Clüver, founding executive director of the Future Diplomacy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she is also executive director of the India and South Asian Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Merkel instead will meet with President Trump at the White House on Friday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced at his briefing Monday afternoon. Whether the situations in Ukraine and Syria are addressed or ignored after the meeting will be an important indicator of the administration's approach to both conflicts.

  • Todd Kelly