Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Common Bonds Aside, Trump and Merkel Show Little Rapport

Common Bonds Aside, Trump  and Merkel Show Little Rapport

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to sidestep their differences, but some awkward moments punctuated their first public appearance.
During a photo op in the Oval Office on Friday, the two did not shake hands before reporters. Later, during a joint news conference, Trump pushed back against the notion in Europe that his "America First" agenda means he's an isolationist, calling such a suggestion "another example of, as you say, fake news." And he referred to the United States as "a very powerful company," before quickly correcting that to "country."
When a German reporter asked Trump if he regrets any of his commentary on Twitter, Trump said, "Very seldom."
Merkel maintained her composure even when Trump repeated his contention that former President Barack Obama may have tapped his phones in Trump Tower. He sought to turn the explosive charge into a light joke when asked about concerns raised by the British government that the White House is now citing a debunked claim that U.K. spies snooped on Trump.

"At least we have something in common, perhaps," Trump said casually, referring to 2013 reports that the U.S. was monitoring Merkel's cellphone conversations. As for the most recent report, Trump said he shouldn't be blamed for quoting a Fox News analyst who had accused British intelligence of helping Obama spy on him. (AP)