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Merkel and Trump to discuss trade and defence in U.S. talks

Merkel and Trump to discuss trade and defence in U.S. talks

US President Donald Trump on Saturday accused Germany of owing "vast sums of money" to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and said Berlin should pay Washington more for defense, a day after meeting Chancellor Angela Merkel.

He said Germany must stump up more money to the USA in order to cover the cost of the defence it provides.

Trump has also criticised countries, including Germany, which spend less than the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation guideline of two percent of their GDP on their military.

Trump had previously accused Merkel of "ruining" Germany with her pro-refugee policies and more internationalist worldview.

A photo-op of the Oval Office meeting between the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Donald Trump ended on a slightly awkward note.

Trump and Merkel tried to sidestep their differences in their meeting at the White House on Friday, but it was punctuated by some awkward moments. She said global economic policy "has to be done looking at the refugees, as well".

The discussions on trade did not take off and the two leaders will sit down again for this.

"I don't believe in an isolationist policy, but I also believe that a policy of trade should be a fair policy", Trump said.


The German Chancellor also said that Trump "stands up for, as is right, American interests" just as she stands for the interests of Germany. The POTUS has generally managed to keep things professional when he's meeting with foreign leaders, but he acted totally rude toward the German Chancellor, not even shaking her hand before they left the room.

During his campaign and after taking office, Trump said he would impose a 45 percent tax on imports from China, and that same on imports from Mexico. "It is very unfair that NATO allies do not pay their share", concluded Trump on the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. "That's something of which I'm deeply convinced".

Mrs Merkel responded by saying the European Union had to take responsibility for itself.

"We need to be fair with each other", said Mrs Merkel, saying both countries were expecting "that something good comes out of it for their own people".

"We were trying to address the areas we disagree", she said of their ideological opposition.

The US Justice Department said it had delivered documents to congressional committees following their request for information on the wiretapping allegations.

However, she had close relations with Mr Trump's predecessors, Barack Obama and George W. Bush, and is likely to seek a strong working relationship with him despite major policy differences and wariness in Germany about the former NY businessman.


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