Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Germany owes 'vast sums of money' to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Germany owes 'vast sums of money' to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

German chancellor Angela Merkel paid a visit to USA president Donald Trump and the White House, sharing an awkward moment with the photographers at their s first meeting in the Oval Office on Friday.

"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.

The President insisted he had a "great" meeting with the German Chancellor in a tweet on Saturday morning.

"We said nothing. All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television", Trump said. I didn't make any opinion on it. In reply, Trump said: "I am a trader, I am a fair trader, I am a trader that wants to see good for everybody worldwide, but I am not an isolationist by any stretch of the imagination".

Donald Trump has deflected questions about allegations GCHQ spied on him, saying he was just repeating somebody else's claims. "That's it", Spicer said when asked if he'd apologized to the British.

"On trade with Germany, I think we're going to do fantastically well. We literally listed a litany of media reports that are in the public domain".

The unusual moment at the press conference came just hours after the British electronic communications surveillance agency, the GCHQ, strongly denied claims that it had wiretapped Trump Tower during the campaign and called the allegations "nonsense" and "utterly ridiculous and should be ignored". I'm a free trader but I'm also a fair trader and our free trade has led to a lot of bad things happening. "At least we have something in common, perhaps", Trump said, apparently referencing the 2013 revelation that the NSA had listened in on phone calls by Merkel and other European leaders. "What went wrong? Angela, what happened?"

In the press conference afterward, at one moment it was as if they were holding separate press conferences in parallel universes that had somehow became superimposed.

The U.S. spends 3.6 percent of its GDP on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, while the organization's total spending per members' GDPs averages 2.4 percent.

"The negotiators for Germany have done a far better job than the negotiators for the United States", Trump told reporters in the East Room alongside Merkel Friday. Germany is one of the key anchors of the European Union and its largest economy, and a key player in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Tensions between the two countries came to a head a year ago after then-GOP presidential nominee Trump referred to Syrian immigration to Germany as "a disaster" and claimed that it led to an increase in crime.

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