When Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency in a surprise turn of events in November, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was among the early world leaders to call and congratulate him on his victory the next day. However when Merkel won her re-election bid for a fourth term this this past Sunday, Trump’s return gesture was nowhere to be found. That is until four days later when he finally made the call on Thursday.
There has been no reason given for the delay, but as most have come to learn from President Trump, we should all expect the unexpected. Nevertheless, he did make that call, and of course went over the customary points of interest the two leaders feel are important to focus on together in the coming months and years.
In a statement released by the White House, it was said that President Trump underscored the longstanding commitments and alliances between the U.S. and Germany, and how their joint efforts are instrumental in promoting peace and prosperity.
On a more global level, the two leaders briefly discussed their ideas on “how to counter Iran’s malign activities in the Middle East, and addressed the nuclear deal and Iran’s missile program, and its non-compliance with relevant United Nations resolutions.” The intensifying conflict with North Korea was also a topic of discussion with both Trump and Merkel agreeing on the importance of a “peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula”.