Twitter Lights Up After 'Too Embarrassing to Watch' Trump-Merkel Press Conference

Twitter Lights Up After 'Too Embarrassing to Watch' Trump-Merkel Press Conference

In an exchange caught on video, photographers gathered around Trump and Merkel in the Oval Office early Friday afternoon and suggested that the two leaders shake hands for the camera.

Merkel said she wanted to speak with Trump, who was elected in November, about security and economic issues as well as about future worldwide cooperation.

Merkel maintained her composure when Trump repeated his contention that former President Barack Obama may have tapped his phones in Trump Tower. The wiretapping allegations overshadowed the other aspects of the German Chancellor's visit, which is a crucial one for United States and German relations. Though Trump had criticized NATO on the campaign trail, he reiterated his support for the the treaty at a press conference following the meeting, telling reporters that he isn't an "isolationist". He had criticised North Atlantic Treaty Organisation during his election campaign lashing out at members for not paying their "fair share" for their defence.

But he followed this up with a tweet accusing Germany of not paying enough to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

The Chancellor said she was happy for Trump's support of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, despite the president saying that the alliance had been "unfair" to the U.S and that other "nations must pay what they owe".

Germany's foreign minister has said that 2 percent is unrealistic, and cited worries by its European neighbors of his country's militaristic past.

Merkel pushed back on many of Trump's positions, saying that border security was important but "has to be done while looking at the refugees as well, giving them opportunities to shape their own lives where they are", and repeatedly defending free trade as an economic booster.

"It's much much better to talk to one another than about one another", Merkel said, perhaps referencing a number of comments Trump made about her during the campaign trail. Trump set the tone for his relations with Merkel during his campaign a year ago, saying her decision to allow refugees into Germany was a "catastrophic mistake" and suggested she was "ruining Germany". He had also accused Hillary Clinton of trying to be "America's Angela Merkel". "I think our neighbors wouldn't like to see this in 10 to 15 years".

No. 10 Downing Street asserted Mr Spicer had agreed not to repeat the claims. "That's something of which I'm deeply convinced".

With Trump, Merkel may settle for avoiding an open argument or a 140-character Twitter missive. "We don't want victory; we want fairness".

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