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NEW YORK (AFP) – President Barack Obama called Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday to congratulate her on her party’s win in the German parliamentary election, the White House said.

“The president noted his deep appreciation for Chancellor Merkel’s friendship, leadership, and steadfast support of the transatlantic relationship,” a White House statement said, a day after German voters nearly gave Merkel’s conservatives an absolute majority.

“The president and Chancellor Merkel agreed to continue their close cooperation on key issues of regional and global concern,” it added.

During the election campaign Merkel sought to portray herself as a safe pair of hands for guiding Europe through its economic and financial turmoil.

With 41.5 percent, Merkel’s Christian Democrats notched up their best score since German reunification in 1990.

President Trump boards Air Force One for his return flight home from Florida on July 31, 2020

Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Florida senior residents have been reliable Republican voters for decades, but it looks like their political impact could shift in the upcoming 2020 election.

As Election Day approaches, Florida is becoming a major focal point. President Donald Trump is facing more of an uphill battle with maintaining the support of senior voters due to his handling of critical issues over the last several months. Several seniors, including some who voted for Trump in 2016, have explained why he will not receive their support in the November election.

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