Trump says 'Iran will not be doing nuclear weapons'

"Our priority is, of course, on the ongoing, high-level dialogue to secure this permanent exemption", said European Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said. "Okay?" Trump said when asked about his own proposal, refusing to rule out military action. The U.S. said it imposed the tariffs to safeguard national security.

Rather than build a new building, the retrofitting a small part of an existing American consular facility so the embassy can open quickly.

Trump stated that he and Merkel talked about the Iran nuclear deal, but didn't mention if they had reached an agreement.

For his part, Mr Trump is expected to press Mrs Merkel to bolster spending on the German armed forces, up to the 2% of GDP required by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

On Wednesday, Macron urged USA lawmakers to ensure the United States does not to abandon the Iran nuclear deal.

When asked if he was concerned about starting a trade war with the European Union should they not be exempt from the tariffs come May 1, Trump highlighted the US' trade deficit with the EU. "You can bank on it".

Germany now spends about 1.2 percent of its GDP (around €37 billion or $45 billion) on defense.

Trump also complains that the World Trade Organization has treated the USA poorly.

Sitting next to Trump Friday, she said her mission to Washington - just weeks after her swearing in for a fourth term as Germany's leader - will "underline that we wish to deepen our relationship further".

Merkel said Germany's latest budget will take defense spending to 1.3 percent of GDP.

Earlier this month, she acknowledged that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which would bring gas from Russian Federation directly to Germany, "is not just a business project".

Trump implicitly scolded Germany for not meeting North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military spending obligations, saying it is "essential that our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies increase their financial contribution".

Macron and Merkel have used vastly different strategies to establish a relationship with Trump and both are on display this week in Washington.

Richard Grenell, a gay Republican, has been confirmed as President Donald Trump's German ambassador. Maximum pressure will continue until denuclearization occurs.

Macron addressed the issue of Iran with Trump ahead of Merkel's visit.

The testy relationship between Angela Merkel and Donald Trump will dominate headlines when the German leader visits the White House today. They have not specified how they would achieve this. The two are expected to discuss a range of issues, but perhaps the two most important will be trade and Iran.

"It is no secret that she sees the current resident of the White House as a "difficult partner".

Then on May 12, the Iran nuclear deal expires.

However whereas the divergent optics between the 2 visits shall be unimaginable to keep away from, Merkel will arrive in Washington with a mission very a lot aligned with the French president, in in search of to induce the US president to not withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. "Many people have the possibility to talk to her, notice that she's really very clever in the discussion, that she can listen, that she can [make] argument [s]", Braun said, whereas "everything of this is the opposite of Trump".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the second key European leader to visit the White House this week. Picking up where French president Emmanuel Macron left off-which is to say, at square one-Merkel's visit was expected to be much less of a lovefest, meaning no hugging, kissing, hand-holding, fancy dinners, 21-gun salutes, or animal-kingdom mating rituals.

The White House has largely seen the deal through the prism of domestic politics and Trump's campaign promise to nix it. Merkel is scheduled to have a 30-minute Oval Office meeting with Trump, followed by a working lunch and joint news conference.

  • Zachary Reyes