President Donald Trump welcomed Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House for their first meeting on Friday.
They sat for photos in the Oval Office following their talks and roundtable discussion with US and German business leaders. Trump had quipped with journalists, urging them to “send a good picture back to Germany, please.” Despite awkward body language from both leaders, Merkel said the talks went “very well.”
Trump is the third US President Merkel has met as chancellor. She took time in the press conference to appreciate the role of the US in rebuilding Germany after World War II through the Marshall Plan, and in reunifying Germany after 1989.
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President Trump held his first face-to-face meeting with representatives from prominent veterans groups on Friday, a step that community advocates called a productive and critical step in advancing the White House’s promises to veterans.
The hour-long meeting with Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and senior White House staff covered issues including medical care access for veterans, accountability for VA employees, veterans caregiver programs and the president’s campaign pledges to make veterans services more efficient.
It included top officials from 10 veterans groups and was billed as a listening session for the president, with no policy or legislative proposals presented to the community leaders.
But individuals at the event said Trump was involved in the conversation throughout the meeting, questioning the groups on their priorities and ways the White House can help.
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9:30 am: Meets with the Republican Study Committee
10:00 am: Holds a “listening session” on veterans affairs; Roosevelt Room
11:20 am: Welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel; West Wing Lobby
11:30 am: Meets with Merkel
12:30 pm: Leads a roundtable discussion on vocational training with United States and German business leaders; Cabinet room
1:20 pm: Holds a joint press conference with Merkel; East Room
1:50 pm: Working luncheon with Merkel; State Dining Room
4:00 pm: Departs White House
6:25 pm: Arrives West Palm Beach, Florida