TRANSITION POLITICS

Trump Team Leaves Germany Out in the Cold

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    Why it matters

    Relations between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government and President Donald Trump’s administration have gotten off to a rocky start, which could damage future cooperation.

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    • The German government is trying to organize a meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington.
    • Mr. Trump’s pick for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, is expected to attend the G20 foreign ministers meeting in Bonn in February.
    • U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will attend the Munich Security Conference in February, where he will likely meet Chancellor Angela Merkel for the first time.
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The Inaugural ‘Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration’ At The Lincoln Memorial
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at the "Make America Great Again" Welcome Celebration concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Source: Bloomberg

Angela Merkel has more experience navigating the transition of political power in the United States than perhaps any other European head of government.

As the longest-serving Western leader, Ms. Merkel has built close working relationships with two presidents of different political stripes, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, during her 11-year tenure.

The current changing of the guard in the United States, however, has left the German government uncertain about the future course of trans-Atlantic relations.

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