USA reporters praise German journalists for questioning Trump
00:47, Mar 19, 2017
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Merkel opened by making an apparent dig at the new American president even as the two look to fix what has been a strained relationship during their meeting Friday in Washington.
Roeller: Our chancellor is coming to the United States to really explain how important it is, now only from the German perspective, also from the American perspective.
If we learned anything from his joint press conference with Theresa May earlier this year, it's that Trump is incapable of meeting with a foreign head of state without embarrassing himself and his country.
Trump had already been largely alone in trying to defend the allegation, which had been angrily denied by Obama and former aides like James Clapper, who was the nation's top spy during the previous administration.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was allegedly none too pleased at the last minute cancellation of her meeting with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on 20 February. Trump's embrace of Russian Federation, both as a candidate and as president, has further unnerved European leaders, who favors a tough approach to Moscow, including continued economic sanctions for its conduct in Ukraine.
Prior to going into their meeting, the ostensible allies appeared noticeably at odds during an Oval Office photo opportunity.
Trump had previously accused Merkel of "ruining" Germany with her pro-refugee policies and more internationalist worldview.
Trump's response was a blank stare into the cameras while he slightly shifted his head.
But jokes aside, there were several moments in the press conference that were serious attempts to pin down the president on his global worldview, and where Chancellor Merkel stood in position to that.
Asked if his isolationist economic policy is damaging both to United States and EU, Trump answered:"I don't believe in an isolationist policy, but the U.S. has been treated very, very unfairly and that has got to stop". Trump said via Twitter on Saturday (18 March).
The suggestion of the cases were criticized by Chinese, Mexican and Canadian officials in recent months.
The Justice Department said Friday that it had complied with congressional requests for information related to any surveillance during the 2016 election.
Last year, the US shipped almost $50 billion worth of goods to Germany and bought more than $114 billion in return, creating a trade deficit of almost $65 billion.
The two leaders did talk about NATO - Trump reaffirmed strong support for it and reiterated every member should pay their fair share, and Merkel spoke said Germany agreed to the need for "increasing expenditure" - but it was the wiretap that dominated headlines.
NATO members are supposed to contribute to 2% of GDP to the treaty, though Germany only contributes 1.2%.
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Groundwork for the strategy began last August when Mr Abe met Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Salman in Tokyo . During their 35-minute meeting, the two leaders agreed on a nine-point blueprint titled Saudi-Japan Vision 2030.
However, to reject the entire text - which ranges from migration to deeper defence cooperation - is a different matter. According to another source from Brussels, cited by Reuters, Tusk has received the support of 27 of 28 member states.
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