Looming snowstorm delays Trump-Merkel meeting

  • Trump and Merkel initially scheduled to meet Tuesday;
  • Winter Storm Stella reason for reschedule Friday;
  • Storm begins midnight Monday through Wednesday;

Winter Storm Stella has forced the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel who is scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump first time face-to-face to postpone her visit an extra three days before her formal introduction to the new US leader.

Press Secretary to the White House Sean Spicer said the planned Oval Office sit-down, scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed until Friday due to the harsh winter storm in Washington.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a joint press conference with the Argentinian President at the Chancellery in Berlin on July 5, 2016. / AFP / Adam BERRY (Photo credit should read ADAM BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)

The event had included in its plans to include talks, a press conference, and a working lunch. Nevertheless, the same schedule would take place Friday, Spicer told reporters at the White House.

Analyst and aids noted that Trump’s meetup with Merkel is amongst the pertinent sit-down with a foreign leader after Trump took office in January.

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Trump and Merkel have much in their agenda to discuss which includes Russia, trade and NATO. It is also expected that Trump might raise Merkel’s stance on refugees which Trump hard earlier criticized.

Winter Storm Stella is expected to start midnight Monday extending into Tuesday. Meteorologist have forecasted that Washington might experience some five to 10 inches of snow. This winter storm is the first intense snowfall to fall in 2017.

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