WALL STREET JOURNAL: As Merkel Visits U.S., Germany’s Trade Surplus Isn’t the Problem




April 26th, 2018 | By Simon Nixon —  

After the razzmatazz of France’s President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit, Angela Merkel’s meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House on Friday is likely to be an altogether more businesslike affair.

Whereas the U.S. president has forged an improbable bromance with his French counterpart, his relationship with the German chancellor is more strained. Mr. Trump has in the past been highly critical of Ms. Merkel’s immigration policy as well as Merkel’s relatively low defense spending and its trade surplus.

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