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It was a meeting of might, if not of minds, when the German Chancellor and the new United States president met for the first time in Washington.

During a photo opportunity in the Oval Office, the two did not shake hands before reporters.

He sought to turn the explosive charge into a light joke when he said to Merkel, "At least we have something in common, perhaps", referring to 2013 reports that the USA was monitoring Merkel's cellphone conversations.

Mr Merkel said she hoped the United States 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.

In some of them, it looks a lot like Merkel is chucking serious side-eye at Trump's daughter and wondering inside just what she's doing there. Merkel had no illusion of the differences between her globally oriented view of geopolitics and the "America First" dictum with which Trump has unsettled traditional USA partners. But Twitter sure did as people took to social media to express solidarity with Merkel's bewilderment at the US president who suddenly dragged a key foreign ally into unproven claims about his predecessor.

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But the prime minister did not say whether she was ruling out holding a referendum at some point in the future. In June 2016, David Cameron had stepped down as the prime minister after Britain voted to leave the EU.


"We said nothing. All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on TV", Trump said. Immediately after Trump's press conference, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith said on air that Fox had "no evidence of any kind" that Trump was surveilled "at any time, any way". "Nevertheless, Germany owes vast sums of money to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!" he tweeted.

Merkel said Germany had committed to increasing its military spending to two percent of GDP, a target North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member states formally agreed in 2014 to reach within 10 years.

Republicans in Congress also said Trump should retract his claims. I personally don't think that Germany needs to negotiate and not the European Union.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a joint press conference in the White House. On economy and the impact of migration, Merkel added that traffickers must be stopped, but welfare for refugees has to be taken care of.

"The president has clearly set out his philosophy for what trade agreements ought to bring about", she said.


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