Before a much-talked about joint news conference, the leaders held a private meeting and a roundtable discussion with German and US business leaders.
Merkel had invited the CEO's of German companies Siemens and BMW to the meeting in order to impress on Trump the contribution they make to the US economy.
In addition to the German business leaders, the President's daughter Ivanka Trump was also in attendance at the meeting.
Ivanka, who was seated next to the German Chancellor, has her own jewelry and fashion business. However, some observers questioned whether her business credentials were sufficient to earn her a place at the meeting.
Many observers took to social networks to surmise that Chancellor Merkel was asking herself the same question.
Merkel: "what on earth are you doing here?" pic.twitter.com/Jrp5g0tmza— Lina Lora Prosser (@linaloraprosser) March 17, 2017
Now we know what Merkel's "why are you at this meeting?" face looks like. pic.twitter.com/l635DLxgS6— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) March 17, 2017
During the roundtable discussion, Joe Kaeser of Siemens and Harald Krueger of BMW sought to impress on Trump the contribution their firms make to the German economy.
"Germany has been a model for highly successful apprenticeship programs. As a result the youth unemployment rate is much lower than other countries," he said.
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