Thursday, 30 March, 2017

Trump meets Merkel: an encounter of the odd kind

Trump meets Merkel: an encounter of the odd kind Trump meets Merkel: an encounter of the odd kind
Preston Stone | 20 March, 2017, 00:07

He has, for example, heavily criticized Merkel's decision to allow hundreds of thousands of refugees into Germany, a move that is a key issue in her re-election race this year.

Therefore, Nato member nations do not "owe" or have to compensate any other country. The president did not mention that proof of the National Security Agency listening in on Merkel's phone existed.

He even praised Germany's economic performance.

He said: "A president only has so much political capital to expend and so much moral authority as well, and so any time your credibility takes a hit, I think in many ways it weakens the officeholder".

Trump pushed back. "I don't believe in isolationist policy, but I do believe a policy of trade should be a fair policy", he said.

Slack would not say whether Spicer or any other American officials apologized, noting, "we have received assurances that these allegations won't be repeated and this shows the administration doesn't give the allegations any credence".

The Republican also argued he did not believe in isolationism as he said: "I don't believe in an isolationist policy, but the USA has been treated very, very unfairly and that has got to stop".

While the two leaders hold some very different opinions on some very big topics, neither could comfortably hide just how awkward it was when those differences were brought up during the press conference.

Merkel ruled out the possibility of bilateral talks as members of Trump team suggested. It means negotiating a bilateral trade deal with Germany, and somehow ignoring the rest of the rest of the European Union. "Keeping Europe whole, free, and at peace, is vital USA interest".

Oil prices jump after data shows surprise United States stock draw
Brent futures were up 60c, or 1.2%, at $51.52, after settling down 43c at $50.92 on Tuesday, the lowest finish since November. Meanwhile, IEA's data showed oil demand is expected to grow by 1.4m b/d in 2017 to 98m b/d - unchanged from prior estimates.

"Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016", the panel's chair, Republican Sen.

"Trade has to be fairer, and beneficial for both sides", Merkel commented.

And yet, given their divergent approaches and views on some of the more pressing issues of our time, it is expected that both leaders, when they meet at the White House, will look to find common ground on which to further their strategic relationship.

She said BMW's plant in the USA exported "more cars than GM and Ford together" from the United States, adding: "I'll make that clear". But he insisted that the European nations "must pay what they owe". But in the same breath, he castigated European countries for failing to meet the defense spending threshold that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation requires.

He welcomed Merkel's commitment to increase military spending to reach the Alliance's target of 2% of GDP per country. "I always thought Merkel was, like, this great leader".

Mr. Trump departed Washington later Friday, arriving in Florida where he will spend the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate, accompanied by his youngest son Barron, wife Melania and the first lady's parents.

In brushing off the diplomatic row with perhaps America's closest ally, Trump also revived another: the Obama administration's monitoring of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's calls.

Trump's comment was a reference to 2013 reports that the U.S. National Security Agency had listened in on Merkel's phone calls. He said "very seldom", adding that it was a way to "get round the media when it doesn't tell the truth".

During the morning, both leaders chaired a roundtable discussion on vocational training and the future of jobs in the fourth industrial revolution era.

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