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Trump Stands by Wiretap Claims as He Meets Angela Merkel

Politics | March 17, 2017, Friday @ 21:19| 77 views

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US president Donald Trump reiterated his strong support for NATO on Friday and pressed German chancellor Angela Merkel to meet Nato’s military spending target, in the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders, Irish Times reported.

Trump also stood by his unproven claim that his predecessor Barack Obama wiretapped his phones, during a joint press conference with the German leader following their meeting.

The meeting between the leader of Europe’s largest economy and the US president was billed as one that could help determine the future of Nato and shape their working relationship.

“I reiterated to chancellor Merkel my strong support for Nato, as well as the need for our NATO allies to pay their fair share for the cost of defense,” Trump said at the joint news conference.

Merkel said she told Trump that Germany needs to meet Nato spending goals. The two said they also discussed the situations in Ukraine and Afghanistan.

Trump said he expected the US to do “fantastically well” in its trade with Germany, while Merkel said she hoped the US and the EU could resume discussions on a trade agreement. He added that he did not believe in isolationism, but that trade policy should be fairer.

“We held a conversation where we were trying to address also those areas where we disagree, but we tried to bring people together . . . [and] tried to find a compromise that is good for both sides,” Ms Merkel said.

Trump said he “very seldom” regrets anything he tweets, and brushed off questions about his unsubstantiated claims that Mr Obama wiretapped him during last year’s presidential campaign.

Trump also said: “At least we have something in common”, apparently referring to reports that during Obama’s presidency the US bugged Merkel’s phone.

Congressional leaders from both political parties have said they do not believe Trump was wiretapped.

Tags: Donald Trump, Angela Merkel, meeting, US, wiretapping


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