>> It may have been kisses and smiles as Angela Merkel arrived at the White House on Friday.>> We have a really great relationship.>> But the two leaders will need more than that to overcome a raft of tricky issues where Washington and Berlin diverge, from the Iran nuclear deal, to trade, to NATO spending.
>> Together we will overcome shared obstacles.>> Like French President Emmanuel Macron earlier in the week, Merkel trying to dissuade Trump from abandoning the Iran Nuclear Pact, which Trump has repeatedly slammed as a terrible deal.>> Our fight against the Iranian attempts to become nuclear will go on.
We are of the oppinion that the JCPOA is a first step that has contributed to slowing down their activities in this particular respect.>> Also on the agenda, Trumps' controversial tariffs. The import taxes on European steel and aluminum products take effect on May 1st. Merkel is pushing for a delay while they negotiate a broader trade agreement.
Then there is the authority issue of NATO Defense Spending, Trump pressing allies to meet the NATO target of spending two percent of economic output on defense. Even suggesting the United States might not defend countries that don't do so.>> We haven't yet met the target where we should be, but we are getting closer to the target, to the guideline that we've set out for ourselves.
>> Like Macron, the cautious Merkel has tried to build a rapport with Trump, but her subdued one-day visit can't compete with Macron's lavish three-day state visit, in which his special relationship with Trump was on full display.>> Thank you.