Trump spokesperson says he doesnt think the US President heard Merkel asking

first_img Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 20 Mar 2017, 9:52 AM 57 Comments Share9 Tweet Email1 Trump spokesperson says he doesn’t think the US President heard Merkel asking to shake hands Merkel’s suggestion of another handshake went unheard or ignored by Trump. center_img DONALD TRUMP’S SPOKESMAN has denied that the US president refused to shake hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel as they sat side-by-side in the White House last week.“I don’t think he heard the question” posed by Merkel when she suggested they shake hands, in full view of press cameras, spokesman Sean Spicer told German weekly Der Spiegel.The quote was translated into English from Der Spiegel’s online German website. Source: DPA/PA ImagesThe veteran German chancellor had arrived for her first meeting with Trump at a snowy White House hoping to reverse a chill in relations after Trump’s incendiary election rhetoric, in which he called Merkel’s acceptance of refugees a “catastrophic mistake” and suggested she was “ruining Germany.”The visit on Friday began cordially, with the pair shaking hands at the entrance of the White House. But later, sitting side-by-side in the Oval Office, Merkel’s suggestion of another handshake went unheard or ignored by Trump – an awkward moment in what are usually highly scripted occasions. 21,612 Views Source: DPA/PA ImagesGerman media pointed to the incident as another marker of the meeting’s general icy mood between the cautious German chancellor and impulsive US president.In a frequently awkward joint press conference in the East Room, Trump and Merkel showed little common ground as they addressed a host of thorny issues including NATO, defense spending and free trade deals. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel take a question from the audience following a joint news conference in the East Room Source: Andrew HarnikFor most of the 30 minutes, Merkel was stony-faced as Trump ripped into Washington’s NATO allies for not paying for their “fair share” for transatlantic defense and demanded “fair and reciprocal trade” deals.Germany’s biggest-selling daily Bild said that throughout the White House meeting, not once did Trump look her in the eye.© – AFP 2017Read: FBI director to testify on Trump’s Russian ties as well as his wiretap allegations> Mar 20th 2017, 9:52 AM By AFPlast_img read more