Trump doesn't back down on wiretap accusation against Obama

Trump tweeted Saturday that "Germany owes vast sums of money to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defence it provides to Germany!"

On Friday, Trump said questions on this should be asked of Fox News, not him. "They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored", the spokesperson said. The US President had claimed that his Trump Tower residence in NY was under surveillance authorised by former President Obama and allegations of Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) involvement were initially made by former judge Andrew Napolitano.

The leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee said that they have found no evidence to substan-tiate Donald Trump's claim his phones were tapped in 2016 on the orders of Barack Obama. The Obama administration's spying infuriated Germany at the time and risked damaging the USA relationship with one of its most important European partners.

Spicer was also defiant Friday, telling reporters, "I don't think we regret anything". "And the United States has been treated very, very unfairly by many countries over the years, and that's going to stop". The president has been deeply critical of foreign trade and national security agreements but suggested he was only trying to revise trade deals to better serve US interests, rather than pull back from the world entirely. "We need to be fair with each other".

Careful in her words and choosing to not openly disagree, Merkel said, "I believe globalisation ought to be shaped in an open-minded way but also in a fair way". And so you shouldn't be talking to me.

The two leaders share different views on trade, Russian Federation and immigration, leading to some uncomfortable moments at a joint news conference on Friday in which they took pains to downplay differences that were hard to mask.

President Trump and Mrs Merkel have clashed in the past. She said the "success of Germans has always been one where the German success is one side of the coin and the other side of the coin has been European unity and European integration".

In footage of the photo opportunity, as photographers call for the two to shake hands, Merkel can be heard saying: "Do you want to have a handshake?"

The German Chancellor also said that Trump "stands up for, as is right, American interests" just as she stands for the interests of Germany. "That's something of which I'm deeply convinced".

  • Salvatore Jensen