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Melania Trump telephones German first lady about coronavirus

The wife of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Elke Buedenbender, has spoken to US First Lady Melania Trump about the coronavirus pandemic.

Melania Trump called Buedenbender on Tuesday to inquire about the situation in Germany, the president’s office told dpa.

“Elke Buedenbender thanked Melania Trump for this special gesture of transatlantic friendship and conveyed her best wishes: ‘I very much hope that the situation in your country will soon improve and turn for the better,'” the office quoted her as saying.

The two first ladies exchanged views on the current situation and other planned measures and declared “their special solidarity and sympathy with the people in the United States and Germany.”

The White House said Melania Trump had affirmed that the United States would help Germany and the rest of Europe fight the pandemic.

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“The two women noted shared concern over some of the disinformation that has emerged, and committed to encouraging Americans and Germans to be cautious,” the White House said.

“Mrs Trump reaffirmed that the United States stands with Germany and the rest of Europe in the fight against the pandemic.” (dpa)

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