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Trump, Merkel Discussed NATO, Mideast in First Phone Call

  • President accepts invitation to July’s G-20 summit in Hamburg
  • Talk comes on day Trump speaking with Putin, other leaders
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Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed issues ranging from NATO to Russia to the situation in the Middle East during a 45-minute telephone call on Saturday, their first since the Republican’s inauguration.

The conversation affirmed the importance of close German-American cooperation to each country’s security, the White House said in a statement on the call. Trump accepted Merkel’s invitation to attend the G-20 summit in Hamburg in July and said he looked forward to hosting the chancellor in Washington soon.