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1 day, 2 presidents: Merkel meets with Obama, then Trump

1 day, 2 presidents: Merkel meets with Obama, then Trump
here's no secret about which of the two American presidents German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet Thursday she likes the most.


On a day of odd political coincidences, Merkel will sit down with one President she calls a friend and with whom she shares a political wavelength -- Barack Obama, and another, with whom she has had a frosty start -- Donald Trump.
Merkel, the most powerful leader in Europe, first met Obama in Berlin discussing democracy and faith at the Brandenburg Gate, meters away from the path of the Cold War wall which once split the city, at an event hosted by the German protestant church.

Then she will fly to Brussels to take part in a photo op at the NATO summit where she is due to see Trump, who didn't even shake her hand in her Oval Office visit. It's a chance for a do-over after their odd couple optics during her visit to Washington in March.

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