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Was Trump’s Unexpected Call to Merkel an Attempt to Smooth Over Relations?

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Despite declaring media reports of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s March disastrous visit to the White House as fake news, President Trump added an unexpected phone call to his schedule with Merkel last week in what has been called an attempt to smooth over the relationship.

Trump made the call to Merkel last Monday to offer his congratulates on her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) political party’s election victory in the southwestern state of Saarland. The victory wasn’t unexpected, nor was Merkel listed on the ballot, but a German official called the meeting an attempt on Trump’s part to “be nice”.

It has been said that the conversation included a discussion on their White House meeting, but Trump would not offer any apology on his controversial statements on Germany’s NATO contributions. Instead, Trump took a forward-looking approach by discussing how the two nations could work together on subjects and issues where there were common interests.

Throughout the campaign, and now his first few months in office, Trump has taken an unconventional political approach to the presidency. This phone call serves as an example to that as he continues to present different personas between public appearances and closed-door meetings.

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Sources: CNN

Photo: Michael Vadon [Flickr]

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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