You Won’t Believe Which Foreign Leader Obama is Scheduled to Meet With Next Month

You Won’t Believe Which Foreign Leader Obama is Scheduled to Meet With Next Month

Barack Obama initially said that he planned to spend his post-presidency retirement laying low and taking it easy. But instead, he’s been reverting to community organizing, in an effort to subvert the Trump administration. Now, he’s taking it a step further and is meeting with a major world leader.

The Obama Foundation is partnering with the German Protestant Kirchentag to sponsor a panel on democracy entitled: “Being Involved in Democracy: Taking on Responsibility Locally and Globally.” Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, the chair of the Evangelical Church in Germany, said he was the one who invited Obama to come.

“President Barack Obama’s attending the Kirchentag in Berlin, which will ring in the Reformation Summer, underlines the international character of our 500th anniversary celebrations,” he explained in a statement. “Anyone who is pious also has to be politically minded.”

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Interestingly, Donald Trump has spoken to Angela Merkel about the possibility of both being wiretapped by the Obama administration. When a German reporter asked Trump about his wiretap accusations, Trump responded by turning to Merkel and saying, “As far as wiretapping, at least we have something in common, perhaps.”

In 2013, Der Spiegel, a German news magazine, reported that Obama allowed United States intelligence to wiretap Merkel’s phone after being briefed by then-NSA director Keith Alexander in 2010. The wiretap was exposed after Edward Snowden leaked scores of NSA documents to WikiLeaks. Merkel was allegedly furious about the wiretap (and rightly so), telling Obama that the wiretap was unacceptable and was a huge breach of trust.

The two have apparently put that behind them, however, if they’ll be appearing on the panel together. The event is part of the 500-year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and will take place in Berlin at the Brandenburg Gate. Merkel previously refused to give permission for Obama to give a speech from the gate during the 2008 election, saying it was a non-partisan symbol and was inappropriate to use it in an effort to win an election.

Coincidentally, Trump will be in Brussels at a NATO leaders summit on the same day, on May 25th.

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