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Obama will travel to Germany this spring

President Barack Obama tips his hat to the crowd after finishing a round of golf at Mid-Pacific Country Club during his family vacation, on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in Kailua, Hawaii.
President Barack Obama tips his hat to the crowd after finishing a round of golf at Mid-Pacific Country Club during his family vacation, on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in Kailua, Hawaii. AP

President Barack Obama will travel to Germany in April for an industrial trade show and trade talks, the White House announced Wednesday.

Obama will attend the Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial technology trade show. He is the first U.S. president to attend the 70-year-old -old trade fair, which attracts about 6,500 exhibitors and 250,000 visitors from around the world each year, according to the administration.

“The president’s participation . . . presents an unique opportunity to showcase American innovation and ingenuity and to highlight the United States as a prime investment destination,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement.

He will also meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel as he looks to advance negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

It will be Obama’s fifth trip to Germany, which underscores the political and economic ties between Americans and Germans and highlights the U.S. commitment to trade and investment, Earnest said.

The White House also announced Wednesday that Obama would host Asian leaders on Feb.15 and 16 in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

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