Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard M. Burr, a North Carolina Republican, and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, said in a joint statement on Thursday there was no evidence to back up Trump’s claim.
In one, the leaders failed to stage a handshake for cameras in the Oval Office, and in another Merkel looked baffled by comments made by Trump during a joint press conference.
The moment punctuated remarks that focused predominantly on trade and training the countries’ workers for manufacturing in the 21st century.
He even praised Germany’s economic performance. Daalder told the Herald, though he said there’s no zero-sum ledger that shows Germany or any other nation owes the United States for its military might.
“Defense spending also goes into United Nations peacekeeping missions, into our European missions and into our contribution to the fight against IS terrorism”, von der Leyen said, in reference to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Germany owes. vast sums of money to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defence it provides to Germany!
Merkel hoped to appeal to the President’s focus on business, bringing with her to Washington the chief executives of Siemens and BMW with her to Washington.
During what can only be described as a weird and embarrassing photo op, Ms Merkel shuffles awkwardly in her chair, before leaning in and asking her host: “Do you want to have the handshake?”
And unavoidably with business comes the question of trade. But on trade pacts that benefit both parties, they appeared in lockstep.
“The English word she puts a lot of emphasis on right now is the word ‘reciprocity, ‘ ” Koch says.
The three CEOs discussed the German practice of training workers on the job while also sending them to classes at a vocational school to obtain formal qualifications.
And those “prior verbal tiffs” are not insignificant.
Mrs Merkel maintained her composure when Mr Trump repeated his contention that former president Barack Obama may have tapped his phones in Trump Tower.
Spicer was also defiant Friday, telling reporters, “I don’t think we regret anything”. Therefore, Nato member nations do not “owe” or have to compensate any other country.
Donald Trump’s hands-particularly their size and where he puts them-have dominated the news cycle since the debates. “I don’t know what the hell she’s thinking”. “Democracy, freedom, as well as respect for the rule of law and the dignity of each and every person, regardless of their origin, skin color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or political views”. “I’m not an isolationist; I’m a free trader and a fair trader”. That plan, though, needs to be approved by the German government and parliament.
Mattes noted that the USA has had a trade deficit for much of the last 35 years with the deficit growing tenfold during the fastest period of US growth of the last 50 years, from 1983 to 1987. After his election in November, Merkel released a statement noting that Germany and the USA are “bound by common values – democracy, freedom, as well as the respect for the rule of law and the dignity of each and every person, regardless of their origin, skin color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or political views”.