Trump, Merkel optimistic trade negotiations can be fair for both sides

Trump, Merkel optimistic trade negotiations can be fair for both sides

Trump, Merkel optimistic trade negotiations can be fair for both sides

Mr. Trump didn't respond, but Merkel could be heard saying something to him about a handshake, though most of what she said couldn't be heard.

"Why are you so scared of diversity in the news?" one reporter asked Trump, also questing his isolationist worldview.

Trump was responding to a German reporter, during a joint press briefing with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who asked Merkel, according to NBC's translation, "how unsafe do you think this isolationist policy of the U.S. President is?"

US President Donald Trump on Saturday accused Germany of owing "vast sums of money" to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and said Berlin should pay Washington more for defense, a day after meeting Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Mrs Merkel visited the White House for a key summit with Mr Trump, in their first face-to-face meeting.

He is also expected to meet China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, and Xi.

In response, Merkel said it was important to stop traffickers but it must be done with the aim of giving refugees the chance to lead better lives.

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel met with President Donald Trump for the first time Friday, and the encounter between the liberal European leader and the far-right, demagogic president was, if anything, extraordinarily awkward.

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Mark Garrison: So Trump and his team have attacked Germany over its massive trade surplus with America, attacked the tax system in Europe, and accused Germany of using the European Union and the weak currency to get its way.

The unlikely pair-a cautious German chancellor and an impulsive United States president-moved to the Oval Office, hoping to narrow differences on immigration and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation but also Russian Federation and global trade. "Look at Nafta, that's been a disaster for workers", said Trump on trade deals with Asia.

She also said that Germany was committed to increasing defense spending and paying 2 percent of the country's GDP to fund North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

"At least we have something in common, perhaps", said Mr Trump, referring to 2013 reports that the U.S. was monitoring Mrs Merkel's cellphone conversations.

Documents released by WikiLeaks in 2015 suggested that America's National Security Agency (NSA) had tapped phone calls by the German chancellor and her closest advisers for years.

Several ranking members of both the House and Senate Intelligence committees have also said there is no evidence for Trump's claims.

The US president has previously described Merkel's open door policy on refugees as "ruining Germany" and a "catastrophic" mistake. "This is not a financial transaction, where North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries pay the United States to defend them".

Merkel was reportedly "livid" at the report, telling Obama that "she unmistakably disapproves of and views as completely unacceptable such practices".

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