President Trump welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House Friday for meetings expected to focus on trade and security, although hanging over the talks were Mr. Trump’s harsh campaign rhetoric that she “ruined” her country.
“We talked about lots of things,” Mr. Trump told reporters as photographers snapped pictures.
In sharp contrast to Ms. Merkel’s stance on refugees, Mr. Trump’s has attempted to temporarily slam the door on refugees and pause visits from some terrorist-threat countries. But those moves have been tied up in federal courts.
Ms. Merkel faces a tough re-election in six months against that opposition party, the Social Democrats, which has been gaining momentum.
The talks also are expected to include the European Union’s response to Brexit, the future of NATO and the threats from Russia and North Korea.
The meetings began with a roundtable discussion on workforce development and vocational training programs, which included business leaders from the U.S. and Germany.
At the table were top executives from German companies BMW, Siemens and Schaeffler, a manufacturer of bearings for automotive, aerospace and industrial use.
The U.S. companies included Dow Chemical, IBM and customer relations management firm Salesforce.
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