Jun 11, 2021
Biden to host German Chancellor Merkel at White House in July after chilly relations under Trump
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The White House announced that German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Washington, D.C., on July 15 for President Joe Biden's third in-person bilateral meeting at the White House — a minisummit that seeks to thaw relations after four years of Donald Trump's "America first" approach.
Merkel's visit follows on the heels of Biden's one-on-one meetings at the executive mansion with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in April and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in May.Biden also met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Carbis Bay, England, on Thursday ahead of this year's G-7 summit, where the two leaders unveiled the New Atlantic Charter and reaffirmed the "special relationship" between the United States and the United Kingdom.
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The meeting also comes shortly after Biden waived sanctions on German entities working on Russia's Nord Stream 2 oil pipeline despite some opposition from U.S. lawmakers.
"Chancellor Merkel’s visit will affirm the deep bilateral ties between the United States and Germany," White House press secretary Jen Psaki wrote in a Friday statement announcing Merkel's trip. "The leaders will discuss their commitment to close cooperation on a range of common challenges, including ending the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing the threat of climate change, and promoting economic prosperity and international security based on our shared democratic values."
Merkel, whom former President Barack Obama repeatedly called his closest European ally, had a much rockier relationship with Trump. The pair frequently clashed over Germany's defense commitments. Trump claimed Germany did not spend enough on its military to live up to its NATO obligations. The relationship was perhaps best characterized by a viral photo of Merkel confronting Trump at a 2018 G-7 meeting.
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Ravens Host Job Fair At M&T Bank Stadium On Sunday
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The NFL season is quickly approaching and the Baltimore Ravens held a job fair on Sunday looking to fill hundreds of gameday positions.
Not many people get to gear up and come to M&T Bank Stadium to work on Sundays and we’re not talking about the players.READ MORE: Continued Violence In Fells Point Leaves 1 Person With A Laceration Injury & Several Cars Damaged
It may not be gameday but Vernetta Dobbins certainly feels like she’s earned the win as she walked out of the tunnel of the stadium.
“It means everything to me, it’s an income,” said Dobbins, new employee.
The news comes as a surprise because applicants were told they had one more interview before landing a job, only to be taken down to the field.
Morgan Hay, a fourth-grade teacher during the week, has been hired to work with guest services on Sunday.
“I’m so excited. I can’t. I can be in the parking on and I would be jumping up and down. Just being able to hear the crowd. Everything about it,” said Hay.
Wayne Smith was hired to be a bartender. “I’ve been a Ravens fan all my life,” said Smith.READ MORE: Woman Shot In East Baltimore, Police Investigating
“We’re actually ranked top 5 in the NFL in game day experience and the staff we have here, they make it all happen,” said Moe Shoots, Guest Experience Manager.
As fans prepare to once again watch football in person, there are nearly 700 open positions that need to be filled. From parking to security, to concessions.
“I can’t wait to see fans back, I can’t wait to see staff back. I’m just ready to go,” said Shoots.
Their newest employees are ready to go as well, gearing up to work with their favorite football team.
“Every single year, it does not disappoint. The energy. the community, I love it. Everything about it,” said Hay.
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