Trump spokesman denies president refused to shake Merkel’s hand

Trump spokesman denies president refused to shake Merkel's hand

Donald Trump’s spokesman has denied that the US president refused to shake hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel as they say 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 published Sunday.

The quote was translated into English from Der Spiegel’s online German website.

The 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.

German 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.

For 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.

On Sunday, Germany’s biggest-selling daily Bild said that throughout the White House meeting, not once did Trump look her in the eye.

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  1. Adelove, please inform your readers as to when you intend to start attributing the articles that are copied – such as this one – bonafide media sources? It simply says Olamilekan when in fact it’s too well written to come from Adelove. A quick Google of any paragraph reveals that it is a wire story from AFP. It’s OK to publish it again but without attributing it to the author you are simply stealing content. It matters. If Adelove intends to evolve into a credible and real media service it would do well to desist from constant thieving of others hard work.

    • Thank you, Delight. I try my best to educate Adelove and co. However I sense that they are reluctant to learn and see my constructive criticism as destructive

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