Neck rubs, tapped phones: Merkel has history with US leaders

FILE - In this June 9, 2018 file photo, made available by the German Federal Government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump, seated at right, during the G7 Leaders Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada. Angela Merkel has just about seen it all when it comes to U.S. presidents. Merkel on Thursday makes her first visit to the White House since Joe Biden took office. He is the fourth American president of her nearly 16-year tenure as German chancellor.  (Jesco Denzel/German Federal Government via AP, File) FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2019 file photo U.S. President Donald Trump, center, walks by French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, prior to a group photo of NATO leaders during a NATO leaders meeting at The Grove hotel and resort in Watford, Hertfordshire, England. Angela Merkel has just about seen it all when it comes to U.S. presidents. Merkel on Thursday makes her first visit to the White House since Joe Biden took office. He is the fourth American president of her nearly 16-year tenure as German chancellor. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, FIle) FILE - In this June 8, 2015 file photo German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, left, speaking with U.S. President, Barack Obama, at Schloss Elmau hotel near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, during the G-7 summit. Angela Merkel has just about seen it all when it comes to U.S. presidents. Merkel on Thursday makes her first visit to the White House since Joe Biden took office. He is the fourth American president of her nearly 16-year tenure as German chancellor. (Michael Kappeler/Pool Photo via AP) FILE - In this July 13, 2006 file photo, U.S. President George W. Bush, center, holds up a piece of meat he carved from a roasted wild boar at a barbecue with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and residents of the village Trinwillershagen, Germany. Angela Merkel has just about seen it all when it comes to U.S. presidents. Merkel on Thursday makes her first visit to the White House since Joe Biden took office. He is the fourth American president of her nearly 16-year tenure as German chancellor. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2007 file photo, President Bush, front seat right, drives German Chancellor Angela Merkel, front seat left, after greeting her upon her arrival at his ranch in Crawford, Texas. Angela Merkel has just about seen it all when it comes to U.S. presidents. Merkel on Thursday makes her first visit to the White House since Joe Biden took office. He is the fourth American president of her nearly 16-year tenure as German chancellor. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File) FILE - In this June 26, 2009 file photo, climate activists dressed as super heroes German chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and U.S. President Barack Obama, right, pose in front of Brandenburg gate in Berlin, Germany. Angela Merkel has just about seen it all when it comes to U.S. presidents. Merkel on Thursday makes her first visit to the White House since Joe Biden took office. He is the fourth American president of her nearly 16-year tenure as German chancellor. (AP Photo/Maya Hitij, File) FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2013 file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and United States' Vice President Joe Biden walk at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. Angela Merkel has just about seen it all when it comes to U.S. presidents. Merkel on Thursday makes her first visit to the White House since Joe Biden took office. He is the fourth American president of her nearly 16-year tenure as German chancellor. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber,file) FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2019 file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, shake hands during a bilateral meeting at the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France. Angela Merkel has just about seen it all when it comes to U.S. presidents. Merkel on Thursday makes her first visit to the White House since Joe Biden took office. He is the fourth American president of her nearly 16-year tenure as German chancellor. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)