Home Search The American Presidency Project
John Woolley and Gerhard Peters Home Data Documents Elections Media Links
• Public Papers of the Presidents
• State of the Union
Addresses & Messages
• Inaugural Addresses
• Farewell Addresses
• Weekly Addresses
• Fireside Chats
• News Conferences
• Executive Orders
• Proclamations
• Signing Statements
• Press Briefings
• Statements of
 Administration Policy
• Economic Report of the President
• Debates
• Convention Speeches
• Party Platforms
• 2016 Election Documents
• 2012 Election Documents
• 2008 Election Documents
• 2004 Election Documents
• 1996 Election Documents
• 1968 Election Documents
• 1960 Election Documents
• 2017 Transition
• 2009 Transition
• 2001 Transition
• White House Media Pool Reports
Data Index
Audio/Video Index
Election Index
Florida 2000
Presidential Libraries
pool report #2 - Merkel visit briefing
John Bennett • CQ Roll Call
March 10, 2017: 11:11 AM

No major headlines from a background briefing held in the White House briefing room with several senior administration officials about German Chancellor Merkel's coming visit for meetings with POTUS. Some highlights, for those who could not dial in on the phone nor tune in via YouTube:

  • The senior administration officials said the White House has "not formulated a final position" on whether it will pursue the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) deal with the European Union. POTUS has pledged to only pursue bilateral trade pacts. Notably, one senior administration official said T-TIP could be considered a one-on-one trade deal given how the EU structure interconnects European economies.
  • President Trump has been "heartened" by what he has heard from Berlin about devoting more resources to the annual NATO military budget. POTUS intends to talk with Merkel about her government crafting a "concrete plan," the senior official said.
  • POTUS is "very interested" to get Merkel's insights about working with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the senior official said.
  • Overall, the goal of the meeting is to "build a personal relationship and have a positive interaction," a senior official said.

© 1999-2018 - Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley - The American Presidency Project ™
Locations of visitors to this page