Angela Merkel and President Trump deliver remarks. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

German Chancellor Angela Merkel made her visit to the White House today where Trump lambasted NATO allies for their defense spending.

The visit came on the heels of French President Emmanuel Macron's state visit which was decidedly warmer for the majority of the time.

Merkel exchanged a double cheek-kiss with Trump upon her arrival at the White House Friday.

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The intrigue: The greeting indicates French President Emmanuel Macron's recent state visit is already bleeding into Merkel's time with Trump, as the traditional greeting is not as popular in German culture. The chancellor's visit comes as she is winding down from her prominent role in Germany and the European Union, Axios' Dave Lawler writes.

Angela Merkel greets the press upon her arrival at the White House.

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Trump and Merkel sat down for a meeting in the Oval Office where the president said he is "not going to be played" ahead of peace talks with Kim Jong-un.

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Merkel and Trump speaking during the joint press conference.

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Merkel and Trump shake hands during a joint news conference at the White House.

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Jerry Falwell Jr. will take an “indefinite leave of absence” from his roles as president and chancellor of Liberty University after posting a photo of himself with unzipped pants and an arm around a woman on social media, according to the school.

The state of play: The picture, which has since been deleted, drew backlash and charges of hypocrisy from conservative political figures because the university's honor code strictly prohibits students from having "sexual relations outside of a biblically-ordained marriage," and recommends they dress with“appropriateness” and “modesty."

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  3. Politics: White House recommends Trump issue executive orders on coronavirus aid.
  4. Education: Cuomo says all New York schools can reopen for in-person learning.
  5. Public health: Surgeon general urges flu shots to prevent "double whammy" with coronavirus.
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White House recommends Trump issue executive orders on coronavirus aid

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin (L) and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows speak to the media on Capitol Hill. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images.

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said President Trump should sign executive orders unilaterally addressing coronavirus stimulus spending after negotiations with congressional Democrats stalled again on Friday.

Why it matters: Friday was viewed as a self-imposed deadline to negotiate a new relief bill. But after an intense week of negotiations on Capitol Hill, White House and Democratic leadership failed to reach a deal on delivering much needed aid to Americans and businesses.