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Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Trump and Merkel discuss trade

Trump and Merkel discuss trade

U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed optimism that trade relations with the European Union can more fairly benefit both countries at a joint White House press conference.

The two leaders showed little common ground yesterday over a host of thorny issues, including North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and defence spending.

Donald Trump has said Germany owes vast sums of money to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the United States must be paid more for providing defence.

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".

Mr Merkel said she hoped the U.S. and the European Union could resume discussions on a trade agreement and that she had told Mr Trump Germany needed to meet North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending goals.

During his presidential campaign, Mr Trump frequently accused the Chancellor of "ruining" Germany for allowing an influx of refugees and other migrants from Syria.

When she modestly asked USA president Donald Trump if he wanted to shake hands during a photo-op at the White House today, his response was to stare into space in stone-cold silence. Well, Trump didn't even bother looking in her direction, much less giving a response.

The two leaders discussed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation funding, trade agreements and the worldwide situations in Ukraine and Syria.

"I believe that the president has clearly set out his philosophy as to what trade agreements have to bring about for the American side as well". "It is very unfair that NATO allies do not pay their share", concluded Trump on the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

On Thursday, the heads of the Senate Intelligence Committee flatly said Trump's wiretapping claims were baseless. She took some time to process what the US President said and then began arranging her papers, a frown evident on her face. "That's something of which I'm deeply convinced".

Merkel, whose visit with her new US counterpart was marked by cool distance in their public appearances, was left to explain that trade negotiations are the province of the European Union, not her government, and that there are no such German interlocutors. In October 2013, Merkel reportedly told Obama in a conversation that the NSA's activities reminded her of growing up as the daughter of a Protestant minister in East Germany.

"It's going to be a great policy for the United States, and worldwide", said Trump, adding that "many jobs are coming back to Michigan, Ohio, places where they were losing jobs". "We are supporters of free trade and not of protectionism", said Krueger in Geneva.

However, she had close relations with Mr Trump's predecessors, Barack Obama and George W. Bush, and is likely to seek a strong working relationship with him despite major policy differences and wariness in Germany about the former NY businessman.

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