U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted in Berlin by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with whom he has forged a close transatlantic alliance during eight years in office. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
NATURAL ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama was greeted in Berlin on Thursday (Nov. 17) by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with whom he has forged a close transatlantic alliance during eight years in office that President-elect Donald Trump may now call into question. Obama, who described Merkel ahead of the visit as his "closest international partner", dined with the chancellor at Berlin's famous Adlon hotel directly next to the landmark Brandenburg Gate on Wednesday evening. The two leaders, who together tackled the global financial crisis, promoted free trade and forged an international accord to fight climate change, stressed their shared values in a joint guest piece for German magazine Wirtschaftswoche. Trump, a billionaire businessman with no previous experience of public office, made attacks on international trade deals a cornerstone of his election campaign, saying they have cost U.S. jobs. His election win heralds a hard break in a relationship that grew extremely close during and immediately after the Cold War.