German reporters win praise for tough questioning of Donald Trump

German reporters win praise for tough questioning of Donald Trump

Nato, trade and Ukraine were high on the agenda, but the focus was on how two leaders with contrasting ideas and leadership styles would interact.

President Donald Trump says he expects the House Republican health plan will be passed "substantially pretty quickly". "We literally listed a litany of media reports that are in the public domain".

Then another handshake at the press conference.

Merkel and Trump has different ideologies when it comes to immigration policy.

When the subject turned to economic issues, Merkel attempted to project a conciliatory approach.

But Merkel argues that protectionist trade policies would hurt the overall economies of both countries, and highlights German companies like Volkswagen AG that have opened factories in the US. Many nations owe vast sums of money from past years, and it is very unfair to the United States.

The Obama administration's spying infuriated Germany at the time and risked damaging the USA relationship with one of its most important European partners.

Officially, Germany can not negotiate economic deals without the European Union and it is expected that free trade will be high on Merkel's agenda, in the face of rising protectionist rhetoric from Trump. Saturday morning, Trump claimed on Twitter the two had a "GREAT" meeting before berating Germany, claiming they owe the USA money for defense, which is not how North Atlantic Treaty Organisation works.

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President Donald Trump has refused to shake the hands of Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany.

RT: German Chancellor has been deviating from her welcome-door rhetoric recently calling for faster deportations of failed asylum seekers also saying that external borders should be protected to keep Schengen. Both emphasized the need for fair trade, but Trump couldn't help but complain that Germany is now profiting at America's expense.

"At least we have something in common, perhaps", he said, eliciting laughs from the room and a slight smile from the German chancellor.

Trump briefly turns towards her, but continues sitting with his legs apart and hands clasped together.

While campaigning for the presidency, Mr Trump had criticised Ms Merkel, accusing her of "ruining" Germany for allowing an influx of refugees and other migrants from Syria.

Merkel agreed that "we have to protect our external borders". She forged a strong bond with Barack Obama and his final call as president to a foreign leader was to the German chancellor.

In 2016, Germany took in more asylum seekers than the other 27 European Union nations combined.

Trump is more outspoken and improvisational and has little time for diplomatic niceties. She is probably being told that Trump doesn't take kindly to being lectured.