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Merkel Makes Amends for Ivanka Trump’s Frosty Reception in Germany

  • ‘Hope we were a good audience’: German leader in dinner speech
  • Trump daughter drew groans for defending father at conference

German Chancellor Angela Merkel made amends for a Berlin audience that gave Ivanka Trump a rough reception, telling the U.S. president’s daughter she was grateful for her visit.

Merkel’s comment at a gala dinner in the German capital sought to end Ivanka Trump’s first day overseas as a presidential adviser with an upbeat gesture. The chancellor, who presides over Europe’s biggest economy, is among foreign leaders reaching out to President Donald Trump’s oldest daughter to try to moderate his views on matters such as global trade and defense spending.