President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a joint press conference following a meeting Friday, and NPR reports it was “wide ranging and occasionally tense”.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval Office. But Twitter sure did as people took to social media to express solidarity with Merkel’s bewilderment at the US president who suddenly dragged a key foreign ally into unproven claims about his predecessor.
Both leaders share very different views on several issues, including trade and immigration.
The pair also clashed about Merkel’s refugee policy, which contrasts sharply with that of Trump’s. Twitterati drew comparisons of his previous actions with other world leaders and also reiterated Trump as a “child” president. What she’s done in Germany is insane.
Still, Merkel’s face spoke volumes about the awkwardness of the moment.
Merkel began her remarks at the news conference Friday by saying it was better to speak to each other than about each other.
At another time of the delicate press conference, Trump made a direct reference to a sensitive issue for Germany – a country that receives thousands of immigrants and refugees – as it relates to migration and national security.
When a German reporter asked Trump if he regrets any of his commentary on Twitter, Trump said, “Very seldom”.
However, the meeting soon turned cold as Trump blew off an attempted handshake in the Oval Office and disagreed publicly with Merkel on nearly every major worldwide issue.
Meanwhile, an official spokesperson for Theresa May said the Prime Minister has been assured the claims will not be repeated.
Mr Trump refused to apologise for the accusation.
Trump brought up the issue of NATO when he was campaigning for president, saying the US was paying too much into the alliance and complaining that other countries who were benefiting from the treaty were not paying their fair share.
During their press conference, Trump denied claims of isolationism and demanded fairness in U.S.’s trade deals with other countries. “I didn’t make opinion on it; that was statement made by a very talented lawyer on Fox [News]”.
United States President Donald Trump took to twitter to express his rant against the media, stating that despite its “fake news” reports, his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel was “GREAT”.
Former US President Barack Obama in 2016 said in an interview with The Atlantic about his foreign policy doctrine that “free riders aggravate me”.
By Monday, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence expects to receive information promised by the Department of Justice to support Trump’s surveillance assertions.