President Trump Repeats Wiretapping Claim as He Stands by Angela Merkel

Posted March 19, 2017

"Germany and America are connected by values of democracy, freedom and respect for the law and the dignity of man, independent of origin, skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political views", Merkel said in a statement shortly after Trump's election victory.

Concerning the most recent report, Mr Trump said he should not be blamed for quoting a Fox News analyst who had accused British intelligence of helping Mr Obama spy on him.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Washington on Friday, where she met President Donald Trump for the first time.

The meeting, between two leaders who have not always agreed, is consequential for both sides.

He is also expected to meet China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, and Xi.

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

Merkel pivoted on the same question and offered a defense of the European Union, globalization, and freedom of movement.

Before a much-talked about joint news conference, the leaders held a private meeting and a roundtable discussion with German and U.S. business leaders. At a business round table, at which the German leader was sat next to Ivanka Trump, the president ignored a shouted question about whether he'd used their meeting to repeat criticisms he made during the presidential campaign of her policy accepting Syrian refugees.

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It's not like Trump needs to know these things, though.

"I am a fair trader. but I am not an isolationist", Trump said.

Roeller joined host Mark Garrison to discuss how Merkel could approach today's meeting with Trump.

She also said that Germany was committed to increasing defense spending and paying 2 percent of the country's GDP to fund North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

"As far as wiretapping, I guess, by this past administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps", Trump said, drawing laughter. "That is our task respectively".

Merkel, at the beginning of the press conference, made a veiled attack on Trump referring to his previous comments on her. "We are trying to address the areas where we disagree....and find a compromise".

The two leaders held a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House just a few hours ago to discuss strengthening North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, fighting Islamic State and resolving Ukraine's conflict.