Biden says he spoke with Germany’s Scholz, looks forward to working together

U.S. President Joe Biden spoke with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Friday to congratulate him on his appointment, and the two leaders discussed issues including efforts to address Russia’s military buildup near Ukraine, the White House said.

“Today, I spoke with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to congratulate him on his appointment,” Biden said in a Twitter post.

Biden “reaffirmed his support for robust U.S.-German relations and desire to further strengthen transatlantic cooperation,” the White House said.

It said the two leaders discussed issues including “continued efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic, counter the threat of climate change, and address Russia’s escalation of forces surrounding Ukraine.”

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