Donald to ask Merkel for advice on Putin, Ukraine


German Chancellor Angela Merkel allegedly chose to keep the border open for refugees in September 2015 because she feared clashes between migrants and police would look bad on television.

Trump's meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been pushed back from Tuesday until Friday because of the winter storm bearing down on the northeastern United States, the White House says.

Those comments followed Trump telling TIME Merkel was "probably the greatest leader in the world today".

The two leaders will have a host of issues to discuss, including Russian Federation, trade and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Trump is also expected to raise Merkel's stance on refugees, to which he had taken a harsh stand during his campaign, reports CNN.

She was scheduled to spend Tuesday meeting with President Donald Trump and holding a joint news conference. Formerly worked with the German Council on Foreign Relations.

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"Trump will also be interested in hearing Merkel's views on her experience with Russia's President Vladimir Putin", Reuters reported. While a Trump aide reportedly recently dismissed the German chancellor and the leader of Europe's largest economy as a "typical liberal woman", there is still hope that Merkel and Trump may find common ground on a few key issues.

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 us administration to maintain its support for the historic, 194-nation treaty.

The reserved German leader herself underlined that she is travelling to Washington not only as Germany's leader, but also as an envoy of the EU.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the president's meeting with Mrs. Merkel will be held on Friday, instead.