Trump jabs at media, Germany in morning tweets

Pierre Vaugeois
Mars 19, 2017

During their joint news conference on Friday, Mr Trump, who has dubbed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation "obsolete", demanded America's allies pay back the "vast sums of money from past years".

"These nations must pay what they owe", he said Friday.

Prior to his inauguration, Mr Trump declared North Atlantic Treaty Organisation "obsolete" but has since modified his stance, telling European leaders the alliance remains of strategic importance. Only the USA and four other members now reach the benchmark of spending 2 percent of GDP on defense.

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. "All I want is fairness", Trump said during the press conference.

The discussions on trade did not take off and the two leaders will sit down again for this.

Asked about how he plans to make new trade deals, he said: "Negotiators for Germany have done a far better job than the United States".

It's so uncomfortable to watch we nearly recommend that you don't. British spies were not pleased by this speculation.

President Donald Trump has criticised media coverage of his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Merkel, a US ally regarded highly by former President Barack Obama, turned toward Trump and asked, "Do you want to have a handshake?"

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

But she faced another barrage of questions on Twitter, mostly on a common theme.

Mr Trump backed Britain's departure from the European Union and has expressed scepticism of multilateral trade agreements.

Ahead of Friday's talks, Mrs Merkel told a German newspaper she was looking forward to her first meeting with President Trump.

In her first telephone conversation with Mr Trump after he took office, she explained that the Geneva Convention obliges signatories, including the U.S., to take in refugees of war on humanitarian grounds. "That is our task respectively".

While Trump has called for banning refugees, Merkel touted Germany's willingness to accept them and a spokesman said the chancellor had to "explain" global refugee law to Trump when the two spoke by phone shortly after his inauguration. The US President, at the joint press meet, said that the country would respect "historic institutions" and "recognize the right of free people to manage their own destiny".

In contrast, Trump's unproven recent allegations against his predecessor have left him increasingly isolated, with fellow Republican as well as Democratic lawmakers saying they've seen nothing from intelligence agencies to support his claim.

Other reports by CampDesrEcrues

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