>> US President Donald Trump will meet his German counterpart, Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington on Tuesday, as the two leaders try to figure out a complicated but important relationship. The road to the meeting has been a short but bumpy one. Here's everything you need to know.
a candidate, Trump once said Merkel was ruining Germany.
Called her admitting some over a million illegal immigrants a catastrophic effect. Trump's aides have also accused Germany of exploiting a weak Euro to get an economic advantage that's produced a $65 billion trade deficit in Berlin's favor. Meanwhile, Merkel has disagreed with the White House's attempt to temporarily bar refugees and some travelers from several Muslim majority countries.
And when asked for her opinion on Trump's negative comments about news organizations, she's responded that she supports a free press. There have been some positives. Vice President Mike Pence making very public appearances with Merkel during a security conference in Munich last month. He reaffirmed that the US commitment to NATO, even while stating that not enough members were paying their fair share, which would include Germany.
Merkel's also toughened her stance on the integration of Muslim migrants calling in December for a ban on full face mails for women. The Chancellor's relationship with Barrack Obama was also far from perfect. Media reports surfaced in 2014 that the Obama adminstration had monitored the private communication of Merkel and several other allies.
It forced Obama to quickly ease the tension eventually outlawing the practice.