German Chancellor Angela Merkel allegedly made a decision to keep the border open for refugees in September 2015 because she feared clashes between migrants and police would look bad on television. According to administration officials, Mr Trump is keen to hear Dr Merkel's views on what it is like to deal with the Russians and how to resolve the Ukraine conflict.
Angela Merkel is headed to Washington to meet with President Trump.
Merkel, who enjoyed a good relationship with former President Barack Obama, has differed on many issues with Trump.
"Both leaders affirmed the importance of close German-American cooperation to our countries' security and prosperity and expressed their desire to deepen already close German-American relations in the coming years", said a White House statement on the call.
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As for Merkel, she has so far carefully avoided any overt confrontation with the USA president, promising to judge Trump on his actions rather than his words.
She was scheduled to spend Tuesday meeting with President Donald Trump and holding a joint news conference.
Merkel, however, will need to look past Trump's past comments, when he accused her of "ruining Germany" because of her acceptance of refugees. Apart from hearing Merkel's "insights into what it's like to deal with Russians", the official said Trump would also ask for advice on how U.S. could help resolve the Ukraine conflict.
White House officials said Trump would press Germany to set an example on the need for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members to spend more on defense, which Germany has resisted. Trump vowed during his campaign to withdraw from the climate agreement, suggesting that global warming is a hoax created by the Chinese to hurt USA competitiveness.