Merkel faces Trump showdown on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Germany's exports

Merkel faces Trump showdown on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Germany's exports

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

Trump is expected to announce a restart of a review of vehicle fuel efficiency rules sought by the auto industry at an event on Wednesday with the chief executives of US automakers, sources say.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has scrapped her Tuesday visit to the White House because of the snowstorm bearing down on Washington and the Eastern Seaboard. Is the German leader the new leader of the West? This hour On Point: When Angela Merkel meets Donald Trump.

A month after U.S. Vice President Mike Pence delivered a message to Europe underscoring the importance of transatlantic ties, Tuesday's meeting will be scrutinized for clues on whether Trump fully endorses that message. Trump's hasn't been shy about sharing his opinion of Merkel, who support for accepting Syrian refugees he called "insane", and suggested in a tweet she was "ruining Germany." . Trump has been flattering but also harshly critical of Merkel.

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The meeting would also allow for an exchange of bilateral and global topics, and transatlantic ties, as we have always stressed, are very important.

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.

Merkel said that despite the current changes in the US, the "trans-Atlantic partnership based upon our values and interests" is of overriding importance for Europeans - and that "this is the spirit" in which she would lead her talks with Trump in Washington. Talks will include Germany and France's efforts to address Russia's incursion in Ukraine and what role the United States can play.

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