Mr Trump then sought to lighten the mood by referring to the kerfuffle that followed the revelation, in 2013, that American spooks had tapped one of Mrs Merkel’s mobile telephones.
Trump and Merkel met for the first time Friday after the president had engaged in a series of harsh criticisms of her on the campaign trail. The two leaders are on opposite sides of issues including immigration and refugees.
Friday’s meeting was the first between the new U.S. president and the long-serving stateswoman, who leads Europe’s largest economy.
Yet whether these polar opposites can collaborate may be the single biggest factor in determining the future of the transatlantic partnership. Trump and Navarro think this is a choice Germany is making about the United States, not an obligation that is part of the fabric of its political and economic systems.
Though Merkel appeared relaxed, the body language between them was not especially warm.
Trump has also criticised countries, including Germany, which spend less than the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation guideline of 2 percent of their GDP on their military.
Merkel said after meeting Trump for the first time, “It’s always much better to talk to one another than about one another”. “I believe that globalization – to be shaped in an open-minded way but also in a fair way – freedom of movement, is a very important element of our economic progress of peace and has been for many, many decades”. And the United States has been treated very, very unfairly by many countries over the years.
“We need to be fair with each other”, said Mrs Merkel, saying both countries were expecting “that something good comes out of it for their own people”.
“At least we have something in common, perhaps”, Trump said in a reference to the monitoring of the cell phone of Merkel and other world leaders by the U.S. National Security Agency.
In a statement to FOX Business, BMW Group’s head of business and finance communications said “We understand from the German government that one of the main topics for the business delegation will be to discuss training initiatives”. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence weighed in Thursday, finding “no indications” that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance.
President Donald Trump’s hands are making headlines one again after he seemingly ignored German Chancellor Angela Merkel offer of a handshake during her White House visit Friday.
“Those who know the chancellor know that she has a knack for winning over people in personal discussions”. “I didn’t make an opinion on it”.
In a tweet from his Florida resort, where he is spending the weekend, Trump wrote that he had a “GREAT” meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, despite reports to the contrary. In the end, it seems, the two leaders couldn’t completely hide their fundamental differences. And when asked how the talks had gone, Mr Trump replied: “very well”, and Ms Merkel described them as “friendly and frank”. But during a joint news conference, Trump accused Germany of unfair trade practices and ripped into Washington’s North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.
And their public statements during the highly anticipated press conference only underscored the palpable wish to restart the personal relationship between both leaders, after Trump’s vicious comments about Merkel during the election campaign and to restore the traditionally close partnership between both countries, which has been in question ever since Trump took office.