Trump, however, said little about ongoing trade negotiations between the United States and the European Union, even as Merkel expressed optimism that the USA and EU could hammer out an agreement where “both sides win”. He said: “Many countries owe vast sums and it is unfair”. Later, during a joint news conference, Trump pushed back against the notion in Europe that his “America First” agenda means he’s an isolationist, calling such a suggestion “another example of, as you say, fake news”. The reporter asked why Trump is so scared of diversity in the news.
She said BMW’s plant in the USA exported “more cars than GM and Ford together” from the United States, adding: “I’ll make that clear”.
“The president has clearly set out his philosophy for what trade agreements ought to bring about”, she said.
Donald Trump has been at the receiving end on the social media for nearly anything and everything he does, but when it comes to his super awkward handshakes – there’s no greater fodder than that for Netizens. But his recent snub at German Chancellor Angela Merkel just took the awkwardness to a whole new level.
Ms. Merkel said that she was glad to hear the president say during their meeting that he is committed to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which some European leaders doubted because of Mr. Trump’s claim during the campaign that the security alliance was “obsolete”. “Well, first of all, I don’t believe in an isolationist policy”.
“Nice friendly reporter”, Trump quipped.
Merkel, whose visit with her new US 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.
‘That was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on Fox. “And our free trade has led to a lot of bad things happening”.
Merkel, claiming that Germany is “going to work again and again on this”, also said before her visit that the fate of the Europeans should be held within their own hands.
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.
Mr Trump set the tone for his relations with the German chancellor during his campaign previous year, saying her decision to allow refugees into Germany was a “catastrophic mistake” and suggested she was “ruining Germany”. “.I am very glad that the United States are intending to continue to commit to the Afghan mission as well”.