So-called president Donald Trump ignored German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s suggestion on Friday that they exchange a handshake, but White House press secretary Sean Spicer told German weekly Der Spiegel, “I don’t think he heard the question.” During the joint press conference, Trump would not look Merkel in the eyes, and instead, he stared to the side with his hands clasped in front of him and his knees apart. It was as if he did not want to be there. This was Merkel’s first meeting with Trump and it was awkward, to say the least. Perhaps because of that time Trump accused Merkel of ruining Germany. IDK…
Let’s watch the video again:
Merkel was attentive, Trump was not. That is, if he actually didn’t hear the German leader’s suggestion even though she was sitting within feet of the alleged president.
After the meeting, Trump took to his Twitter account to attack Germany, because of course.
The Washington Post reports:
At a news conference Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump “reiterated” his “need for our NATO allies to pay their fair share for the cost of defense.” He followed up Saturday with an impolitic double-barreled tweet shot, writing that Germany owes America “vast sums of money” for NATO. And, he argued, the country should pay more “for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides.”
Security experts were forced to prove Trump wrong because the amateur president just doesn’t understand how NATO works.
As for the Spicer’s claim, perhaps Donald didn’t hear Merkel’s suggestion of an Oval Office handshake. Trump had plans, after all. He was about to depart on his eleventy hundredth vacation since taking the oath of office. It’s either that, or Trump is so unaware of his surroundings that he’s incapable of paying attention. Or, just maybe, he never wanted the job. And yet, here he is, not paying any attention during his first meeting with the leader of the free world.
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