Merkel and the Trump Two-Step: Navigating the Chancellor’s White House Visit
As German Chancellor Angela Merkel prepares for her first in-person encounter with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House on March 14, she faces a strategic reality that contrasts sharply with her previous visits hosted by Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Buffeted by challenges at home ranging from Brexit to the Euro crisis and the implementation of Minsk II, Merkel faces perhaps her toughest – and most unexpected – challenge in liaising with a once stalwart ally now under Trump’s management.
In light of seismic change from top to bottom in Washington and facing an often unpredictable and boastful personality, Merkel and her team will be pushed to bolster their traditional tactics with a fresh playbook that takes into account Trump’s chaotic, personality-driven White House and transactional worldview. READ MORE.
By Jeffrey Brown