Chancellor Angela Merkel invited US President Joe Biden to Germany on Monday “as soon as the pandemic allows,” said her spokesman in her first phone call since the Democrat took office.
Merkel and the new US leader also underlined the importance of working together in the fight against Covid-19 in a very warm appeal compared to their conversations with Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump.
“The Chancellor and the American President agree that stronger international efforts are required to combat the coronavirus pandemic,” said Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert in a statement.
With that in mind, she welcomed Biden’s decision to reverse Trump’s decision last July to pull the United States out of the World Health Organization – even as the pandemic raged.
A few months later, in November, Trump also ripped the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement, claiming it was “designed to kill the American economy” rather than to save the environment.
Merkel also praised Biden’s decision to return to the Paris Agreement and promised “Germany’s willingness to take on responsibility when it cooperates with European and transatlantic partners in dealing with international tasks”.
Merkel said at a press conference on Thursday that now that Biden has replaced Trump, there are far more in common with Washington.
She had not crushed words when criticizing Trump and after the storming of the US Capitol by his supporters said that the president shared the blame for the unrest.
In 2016, she welcomed Trump’s election victory with an extraordinary warning: she would work with him on condition that he respects democratic values.
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