United President, Donald Trump phoned Angela Merkel to cancel her US visit at the very last minute – while some of her party were already seated onboard the plane.
The German Chancellor was already on her way to the airport on Monday ready to fly to Washington when the plug was pulled on the trip.
The President postponed the trip as the northeast of America prepared to be hit by a huge winter storm.
Snowstorm Stella has prompted airlines to cancel thousands of flights and some mayors to order schools to close on Tuesday.
The White House later said the visit would be rescheduled for Friday.
Merkel continued to Berlin’s Tegel airport after her 10-minute conversation with Trump to personally inform reporters who were due to travel with her to Washington of the change of plan.
“The trip is cancelled. That is not a joke,” Merkel told the dozen or more surprised reporters already seated on board the government’s Airbus A340 plane.