Trump appreciates Germany, France's efforts in resolving conflict in Ukraine

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The meeting, between two leaders who have not always agreed, is consequential for both sides.

The two were left to talk, based on the premise that, in Merkel's words, "it's much better to speak with each other than past each other".

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.

Merkel has criticized Trump over his travel ban against Muslim-majority countries, though also voiced a desire to work with him after his election.

But jokes aside, there were several moments in the press conference that were serious attempts to pin down the president on his global worldview, and where Chancellor Merkel stood in position to that.

Perhaps Mr Trump was anxious he would be upstaged again as he was by the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose firm handshake/ shoulder grasp combination made the news.

Mrs Merkel attempted conciliation on economic issues.

Mr Napiltano had said if Mr Obama had wanted to surveil Mr Trump, it would have been easy to do so as President.

Donald Trump's and Angela Merkel's rhetoric on global trade showed no sign that the two leaders are anywhere close to finding common ground.


- Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) March 17, 2017GREATEST Freudian slip from Trump just now in Merkel press conference: "We're a very powerful company.er, country".

Trump seems to think North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies pay the U.S.to defend them, which isn't accurate. If she will be successful?

While major policy accomplishments were not expected, the meeting could help warm relations ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg in July and a G7 meeting in May.

Mr. Trump has argued that the USA shoulders too much of the responsibility for defending North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

According to Trump, Fox News wiretap claim came from "talented legal mind". He said "very seldom", adding that it was a way to "get round the media when it doesn't tell the truth".

At one point a German journalist called Trump "isolationist", which seemed to rankle him.

Merkel maintained her composure even when Trump repeated his contention that former President Obama may have tapped his phones in Trump Tower.

United States President Donald Trump took to twitter to express his rant against the media, stating that despite its "fake news" reports, his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel was "GREAT".

The British press reported Friday morning that Trump's national security adviser had himself apologized to the British government for the allegation.

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