During President Obama’s eight years in office, he formed a special bond with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Despite some tiffs over alleged wiretapping activity carried out by the US, the two foreign leaders kept on nurturing their friendship, so when the time came to place his final foreign call as president, it should come to no surprise that he made the special call to Merkel herself.
According to the White House, the Thursday phone call was a special one as it took place with not only themselves, but with Michelle Obama and Merkel’s husband Joachim Sauer.
The White House detailed the conversation by stating:
“The president and the chancellor agreed that close cooperation between Washington and Berlin and between the United States and Europe are essential to ensuring a sturdy trans-Atlantic bond, a rules-based international order, and the defense of values that have done so much to advance human progress in our countries and around the world.”
What type of relationship Merkel will have when Donald Trump is sworn in as president later today is up in the air. Trump and Merkel are known to have some major differences when it comes to policy, but while still on the campaign trail, Trump acknowledged Merkel as his favorite world leader, calling her someone he would “admire, respect and would like to emulate”.