President Donald Trump met German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines for bilateral talks during the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, on Monday, Aug. 26.
Both leaders concurred the talks had been “productive.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2019
President Trump said “There has been great unity” despite “a lot of fake news” sowing disharmony that there’s no unity” at the G-7 summit.
“We have a very successful G-7 summit,” said President Trump, stating, “We really made some big progress with respect to Iran in terms of unity of the G-7 and there has been great unity.”
The president told members of the media that the G-7 meetings had “been really good” and that “it’s not quite over yet,” as they still “have a meeting or two left.”
“We’ve had great unity even with Iran, a lot of progress made on Iran,” President Trump said on a hopeful note that the leaders had “come to a conclusion more or less.”
The German chancellor concurred that the G-7 members all agreed that they “want to prevent any kind of nuclear weapons for Iran,” “Something that we want to prevent,” said Merkel.
“We want to achieve that through negotiations,” stated Merkel, who described that they “had very productive talks on this issue.”
It is “a developing issue,” “slowly moving forward,” and “still a long way to go,” Merkel added. However, she expressed keenness to discuss these issues and to arrive at “a successful solution,” as quickly as possible.
She told reporters that it is of “very great interest” for Germany to enhance trade relations between the European Union and the United States.
President Trump commented on the China-U.S. trade talks situation, stating that the Trump administration is engaging in “very meaningful talks” with China.
There is “a really good chance” to come out with a good deal, he said. The United States is “in a stronger position” to strike “a fair deal for everybody,” President Trump continued. He believed that they are “in a much better position now than at any time during the negotiation” with China for “something meaningful.”
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who was present at the meeting, said that the Chinese Vice Premier Liu He had made a comment.
“We look forward to continuing our discussions” with the Chinese team, said Mnuchin, who added that U.S. Trade Representative “Robert Lighthizer and I will expect to continue those shortly.”
The German chancellor said they “all have every interest in China and the United States to come to a solution” because “we are all somehow linked together.”
Merkel reiterated that they would “be very glad if an agreement could be found,” because “that is in our own interest.”
The president said he felt “very honored” by Merkel’s invitation to visit Germany. “We will be there and maybe soon,” replied President Trump. “I have German in my blood,” he stated, alluding to his paternal German ancestry that could be traced to Bobenheim am Berg, a village in the Palatinate, Germany, in the 18th century.
During the sideline session, President Trump said his golf resort near Miami could be the venue for next year’s summit, when it is the U.S.’s turn to host the annual event. He stated that Miami would be a “great location.”
President Trump said the Miami International Airport is “one of the biggest airports” that accepts “planes from everywhere.” Turning to Merkel, he added that it takes only a five-minute drive that is convenient.
President Trump said the final decision for next year’s summit is still pending.