On March 17, President Trump hosted a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The meeting, which was rescheduled due to inclement weather earlier in the week, was expected to be somewhat contentious given several of the president's statements during his campaign.
But awkward greetings aside, it was reported that the two had a successful meeting. Independent Journal Review reported:
Both leaders later attempted to sow the seeds of unity during a joint press conference. President Trump relayed in prepared remarks that “the close friendship between America and Germany is built on our shared values.”
“It's much, much better to talk to one another and not about one another, and I think our conversation proved this,” Merkel later added.
Merkel and Trump also reiterated their support for NATO, with Chancellor Merkel saying that Germany will work to uphold their financial responsibility.
On March 18, however, President Trump let loose a few early morning tweets — seemingly taking aim at Germany: