The President will travel to Hamburg next week for the G20 Summit. After remarks made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the President can expect a challenging meeting.
The G20 was founded in 1999 as an international forum comprised of the governments and central bank governors from 20 major world economies. Its goal when it was founded was to study, review, and promote high-level discussion of policy issues about the promotion of international financial stability.
The United States is a prominent member nation in the global group of world leaders.
Chancellor Angela Merkel
German Chancellor Merkel who will be hosting the summit made her feelings clear about President Trump. She singled him out for his decision to abandon the Paris Climate accord and said: “One shouldn’t expect any easy conversations in Hamburg.”
In a speech to German Parliament Chancellor Merkel said: “Whoever believes that the world’s problems can be solved by isolationism and protectionism is mistaken.” She argued that multilateral cooperation is the only way to move forward in addressing the G20’s agenda including terror and migration.
The message has been sent. She will not be swayed by President Trump.
Also Expected in Hamburg
The G20 Summit promises to be quite the event. Most often international summits of this nature are held in places where protests can be easily controlled.
In choosing Hamburg for the Summit Chancellor Merkel has broken with that tradition. Protests are expected, Merkel may have chosen the city to host the summit as a way to show that protest is tolerated in a healthy democracy.
The gathering is causing a huge challenge for Hamburg police who are tasked with keeping officials and protesters safe.
Chancellor Merkel’s Strained Relationship
President Trump is not the only head of state from a G20 member country with whom Chancellor Merkel takes issue. He is joined by none other than Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.
On that note, President Trump plans to meet separately with Russian President Vladimir while he is in Hamburg for the summit.