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Trump, Merkel meet amid awkward exchanges

Trump, Merkel meet amid awkward exchanges

"Nevertheless, Germany owes vast sums of money to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!" Merkel talked about the peace and economic progress brought about by the European Union and helping countries absorb refugees-a fraught issue ever since Trump called Germany's refugee policy a "catastrophic mistake".

Angela Merkel has reacted with surprise and bemusement to an attempted joke by Donald Trump that suggested one thing they had in common was that they had both been wiretapped by the Obama administration.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with US President Donald Trump at the White House. In their morning discussions, the pair "addressed areas where we disagree", Merkel said, and "tried to find a compromise which is good for both sides...." Merkel had been understandably upset by that development.

If we learned anything from his joint press conference with Theresa May earlier this year, it's that Trump is incapable of meeting with a foreign head of state without embarrassing himself and his country. Germany now spends 1.23 percent of its GDP on defense, but it is being increased. Trump still says he was witetapped by Obama.

Trump also said he is a strong supporter of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, but stressed that member countries need to "pay their fair share for the cost of defense". Trump promised to support North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, an organization he once slammed as "obsolete", while Merkel talked up Germany's pledge to increase its financial support of the multinational defense organization.

The polar opposites met in Washington for the first time since Trump assumed office in January, and the face-to-face was sure to be filled with its share of tense exchanges behind closed doors.

Merkel, whose visit with her new USA counterpart was marked by cool distance in their public appearances, was left to explain that trade negotiations are the province of the European Union, not her government, and that there are no such German interlocutors. Both emphasized the need for fair trade, but Trump couldn't help but complain that Germany is now profiting at America's expense.

The German chancellor's face said it all as she evidently couldn't hide her astonishment at what she had just heard.

Twitter was quick to take swipe at the US President after his refusal to shake hands with Merkel.

Trump also reaffirmed the United States' "strong support" for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation but reiterated his position that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies need to "pay their fair share" for the cost of defense. "Hopefully, we can even it out", he said.

In recognition of Trump's heavy emphasis on immigration and border security, the German chancellor nodded to the need for European countries to better control their borders.


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