Merkel makes first phone call to future President Trump
Chancellor Angela Merkel made her first contact with US president-elect Donald Trump in a phone call on Thursday, after issuing a reminder to the real estate mogul about their countries' shared values.
Merkel congratulated the Republican winner and said that she looked forward to welcoming him to Germany at the latest in July for the G20 summit in Hamburg, her spokesman Georg Streiter said on Friday.
Trump was often critical of Merkel throughout his campaign, targeting in particular her liberal refugee policies.
When the German leader was named TIME magazine's Person of the Year last year, Trump tweeted that Merkel was "ruining Germany".
Despite these tensions, Streiter said that on the German side, the government definitely wants to stay in contact with the future president’s team.
If Trump does not come to Germany before the G20 summit and Merkel does not drop into Washington before then, the first time the two will meet will be at the G7 summit in Italy in May.