( CNN) Angela Merkel has been reading Playboy, she reportedly uncovered to her( mostly) female entourage. Not that the German Chancellor is given to publications with scantily clothed females. But it was the only style she could get a full understanding of US President Donald Trump.

If Angela Merkel can be characterized by one thing, it is her meticulous preparation and her willingness to understand her opponents.

Meeting with Trump is unlikely to intimidate Merkel. She has dealt with alpha males with inflated egos before. Throughout her career, she has combated the likes of Vladimir Putin, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schrder and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.


Former ambassador: Merkel can handle Trump