In what may likely be her last visit to Washington as German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday vowed to work together to defend against Russian aggression and stand up to anti-democratic actions by China.
Biden reiterated his concerns about the Nord Stream 2 pipeline being built from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea, but he and Merkel were united in their belief that Russia should not use energy as a weapon.
"We stand together and will continue to stand together to defend our eastern flank allies at NATO against Russian aggression." During the joint news conference at the White House, Biden said both countries would stand up for democratic principles and universal rights when they saw China or any other country working to undermine a free and open society.
“The situation in Hong Kong has deteriorated and the Chinese government is not keeping its commitment made.
How it would deal with Hong Kong and so it is more of an advisory is to what may happen in Hong Kong.
It's as simple as that and as complicated as that.” During talks in the Oval Office earlier in the day, Biden called Merkel a “great friend” and said cooperation between the U.S. and Germany is “strong” and enduring – a sentiment echoed by Merkel.
“I'd like to say here how much I value friendship with the United States of America.
I am more than aware of the contribution of America to a free and democratic Germany.” Merkel, who has served as chancellor since 2005 and has worked with four U.S. presidents during her tenure, plans to exit Germany's government after national elections in September.
Germany’s left-leaning Social Democratic Party (SPD) will begin negotiations to form a ruling coalition after preliminary results showed the party narrowly winning the largest share of parliamentary seats following Sunday’s federal election. CNN’s Fred Pleitgen spoke with Olaf Scholz (the SPD leader), the frontrunner who described how he would partner with the US and NATO.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) talks to CNN’s Don Lemon about Democratic support for President Joe Biden’s agenda. Omar earlier called out Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, saying it was “saddening” to see them using GOP talking points.
CNN’s Brianna Keilar rolls the tape on Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar’s continued efforts to push conspiracy theories that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Trump even after an audit confirmed Biden’s victory in his state.
Artist Aziz Asmar is painting a homage to the outgoing German chancellor for her 'very humane' treatment of refugees. A wall destroyed by the Assad regime now imbued with more symbolism of the suffering and uncertainty many fear in a post-Merkel world. Idlib-based artist, Aziz Asmar, paints his murals on the rubble of homes shelled by the Syrian regime. Besides depicting the suffering of his fellow Syrians, he also shows solidarity with many global causes.
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