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Live: Watch Donald Trump and Angela Merkel’s first press conference

Tobias Schwarz, Don Emmert | AFP

After talks at the White House on Friday, US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold a joint press conference at the White House. Watch it live with FRANCE 24.com in the player below.

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Friday's face-to-face meeting marks the first for these two global leaders with radically different styles.

Before winning office in November, Trump called the three-term chancellor’s accommodating policy toward refugees from Syria a “catastrophic mistake,” claiming she was “ruining” Germany. He has also pressed Berlin to increase its spending on defence.

Furthermore, the pragmatic Merkel enjoyed a positive and close working relationship with Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama.

Upon Trump’s election, she said, "Germany and America are bound together by values - democracy, freedom, respecting the rule of law, people's dignity regardless of their origin, the color of their skin, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political views." She added, "On the basis of these values, I am offering to work closely with the future President of the United States Donald Trump.”

Friday’s meeting before the press conference is set to include discussions on strengthening NATO, fighting the Islamic State group and resolving the conflict in Ukraine.

To watch the press conference live, click on the video player below.

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