The US president met with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris as both leaders sought common ground to reset an awkward relationship.
In their first meeting in person, US President Donald Trump and Russia's Putin discussed issues such as Ukraine, Syria, North Korea, terrorism, cyber-security and alleged meddling in US elections.
Merkel will meet with other G20 leaders during the summit in Hamburg where she is hoping to cement her role as a stateswoman as she seeks re-election in September.
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