“I don’t believe in an isolationist policy, but I also believe that a policy of trade should be a fair policy”, Trump said. We signed a trade agreement with Canada and I hope that we might get into a situation here where we can reopen the talks.
Trump and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Friday defended the administration’s assertions, broached Thursday when Spicer cited as evidence a Fox News’ commentator’s belief that British intelligence may have assisted the Obama team in wiretapping Trump. He’s referred to Germany’s welcoming of refugees as a “catastrophic mistake“. (Russia, for its part, keeps tanks and missiles stocked right up against the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation border.) At last month’s conference, Artis Pabriks, a former defense minister of Latvia, responded curtly: “For me, as a Latvian, it sounds a little bit bitter that support for my borders and the security of my country will be challenged because some other European nations will not pay their share”. Since the campaign, he’s argued that other countries aren’t contributing what they should for the defense alliance. Even if what he says is controversial, he will either not answer reporters who want to dive further or he will avoid answering from any news outlet, such as the point in time he did that with CNN, calling them “fake news” in a room full of reporters.
The visit was scheduled for Tuesday, but was postponed because of a snowstorm.
Trump, who as a candidate who called Merkel’s migration stance “insane”, offered little of the effusive praise to which Merkel became accustomed to from former President Barack Obama. Germany’s foreign minister a few weeks ago said that meeting the 2% goal is “unrealistic”, though that is a much lower percentage than the United States spends on defence.
Mr Trump said of Mrs Merkel that “at least we have something in common”, referring to a USA acknowledgement in 2015 that the German Chancellor’s phones were tapped. I didn’t make an opinion on it.
And unavoidably with business comes the question of trade. He was among those in the audience for the news conference.
After that she turned to Trump and smiled, but he gripped the edges of the podium, ignored her, stared straight ahead, and started talking about all the jobs he would create in the American Midwest.
And those “prior verbal tiffs” are not insignificant. “Help countries who right now are not [able] to do so”. She responded as any rational person would. “I was thinking about something else, he was thinking about reforming Medicaid”, Lowry confessed.
Merkel is in a somewhat precarious position politically.
“Germany’s ties with the United States of America are deeper than with any country outside of the European Union”.
In her first telephone conversation with Mr Trump after he took office, she explained that the Geneva Convention obliges signatories, including the U.S., to take in refugees of war on humanitarian grounds.
“Germany is one of the most difficult trade deficits that we’re going to have to deal with [and] we’re thinking long and hard about that”, he said last week. “I always thought Merkel was, like, this great leader”.
Immigration was clearly one of the issues on which the leaders had, as Mrs Merkel put it, “an exchange of views”.