Trump and Merkel don't shake hands during awkward interaction in Oval Office

America First But Germany Second

America First But Germany Second

White House press secretary Sean Spicer then quoted Napolitano's remarks about GCHQ Thursday while defending Trump's assertions that Obama wiretapped him previous year.

The British press reported Friday morning that Trump's national security adviser had himself apologized to the British government for the allegation.

"All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television", Trump said, referring to analyst Andrew Napolitano.

The ministers were forced Saturday to leave out an entire section related to the Paris accord on combating climate change after US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said green issues were "not in my track".

Trump said these nations need "to pay their fair share" in order to receive the promise of defense from the rest of the alliance. Von der Leyen said March 19 that everyone wanted the burden to be shared fairly and for that to happen, it was necessary to have a "modern security concept" that included a modern North Atlantic Treaty Organisation but also a European defense union and investment in the United Nations.

"At least we have something in common, perhaps", Trump said during a joint news conference with Merkel.

Here is why President Trump is angry at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members.

The German government fell well short of its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation target of 2% past year, hitting 1.19%.

"And this is obviously, where we have an exchange of views about it, but my position is the one I've just set out for you".

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Trump, who is not steeped in policy, has signalled that he's open to negotiation in his first attempt working with Congress. The White House this week has sought to ease such concerns, launching a full-court press.

"A stronger America is in the interest, believe me, of the world as a whole", Trump told reporters at a joint news conference with the visiting German Chancellor Merkel. "I didn't make an opinion on it", he said.

Republicans in Congress also said Trump should retract his claims.

The president and German chancellor have had a tense history.

While it is too soon to speculate why Trump did not respond, video of what is being called an "awkward" moment by many was quickly making the rounds on Twitter.

In a photo op after their Oval Office meeting, the two leaders sat next to each other in separate chairs.

She said she aims to do the same for Germany, but takes a different approach.

Trump is more outspoken and improvisational and has little time for diplomatic niceties.

Observers on both sides of the Atlantic say this visit is a good precursor for other meetings they'll have at other worldwide summits later this year. Other reports indicate that USA intelligence had been listening in on her phone as along ago as 2002, when she was leader of the German opposition.

Merkel maintained her composure even when Trump repeated his contention that former President Barack Obama may have tapped his phones in Trump Tower.

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