The White House announced that German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Washington, D.C. on July 15 for President Joe Biden’s third, in-person bilateral meeting at the White House – a mini-summit that seeks to thaw relations after four years of Donald Trump’s “America first” approach.
Merkel’s visit follows on the heels of Biden’s one-on-one meetings at the executive mansion with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suge in April and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in May. Biden also met with Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson in Carbis Bay, England Thursday ahead of this year’s G7 summit, where the two leaders unveiled the New Atlantic Charter and reaffirmed the “Special Relationship” between the United States and United Kingdom.
The meeting also comes shortly after Biden waived sanctions on German entities working on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 oil pipeline, despite some opposition from U.S. lawmakers.
“Chancellor Merkel’s visit