FILE PHOTO: Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump hold a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits U.S. President Donald Trump Friday for a last-ditch European effort to prevent a transatlantic trade war and save the Iran nuclear deal.Merkel's working trip is expected to be far more business-like than this week's pomp-filled state visit by French President Emmanuel Macron, who has built a warm rapport with Trump despite stark policy differences.Trump's lavish welcome for Macron, with hugs and much back-slapping, contrasted sharply with a tense White House event in March last year in which Trump appeared to ignore Merkel's offer of a handshake.The EU and other signatory powers have sought to convince Trump not to abandon the pact, warning that it was the best defence against a regional nuclear arms race.Merkel -- who developed close relationships with Trump's predecessors Barack Obama and George W. Bush -- this week stressed that, despite the differences, she wants to preserve the bedrock strategic partnership.
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