Merkel’s visit to White House delayed by D.C. snowstorm

German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Oval Office of the White House in 2014. On Monday, President Donald Trump's administration said a scheduled meeting between the two, for Tuesday, had been delayed until Friday due to an expected Washington, D.C., snowstorm. File Photo by T.J. Kirkpatrick/UPI/Pool | License Photo

March 13 (UPI) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel will have to wait a few extra days before meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Merkel’s trip to Washington, D.C., has been delayed from Tuesday to Friday, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said in his daily news briefing Monday.

As Trump has done with other world leaders in recent weeks, he will host Merkel for a bilateral meeting and joint news conference. She has yet to meet the new American leader.

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

“To say that their relationship has been rocky from the start may be the euphemism of the year,” Michael Bröning, director of the foreign policy unit at a Berlin think tank affiliated with Germany’s Social Democratic Party, said. “They criticized each other before the presidential transition, during it, after it, and they keep on doing it on a regular basis. Merkel and Trump really are the polar opposite of each other on so many levels.”

The nation’s capital is expected to receive several inches of snow, beginning Monday night and lasting into Tuesday afternoon.


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