Merkel and Trump meet in Washington
No much glamour accompanied the meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump. The meeting, was significantly labelled as a working meeting, indicating the ‘essence’ of the nature of the encounter and in a way contextualising this meeting with the previous meeting held earlier this week between Emmanuel Macron and the US President.
The main subject of the meeting was the Iran Nuclear deal, reached under the Obama administration and which Trump seems set to ditch. Apart from the Iran deal, the two discussed the proposed US tariffs on European steel and aluminium products, a planned Russian gas pipeline running under the Baltic Sea to Germany, and Berlin’s military spending.
Mr Trump, declined to discuss the potential for military intervention in Iran if a new deal is not decided — even as Ms Merkel agreed that the deal was inadequate and described it as a first step towards a better international agreement. In a typical Trump way, he said that “they will not be doing nuclear weapons. That I can tell you. They’re not going to be doing nuclear weapons, you can bank on it.
Earlier this week, French President Emmanuel Macron has said he may have failed in efforts to persuade Donald Trump to stick to an international nuclear deal with Iran. “My view is… that he will get rid of this deal on his own, for domestic reasons,” Mr Macron said at the end of a three-day state visit to the US. Mr Trump has until 12 May to decide on the deal, which aimed to prevent Iran acquiring nuclear weapons. He has been a strong critic of the accord, calling it “insane”.