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    Merkel .. Trump - Awkward to say the least.

    They say opposites attract … but nobody told Trump and Merkel

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    The cameras clicked and the photographers asked Angela Merkel and Donald Trump to shake hands. “Do you want to have a handshake?” she asked.

    Trump looked straight ahead with a presidential grimace frozen on his face but gave no response. If he had heard her, he did not show it.

    The most powerful leader in Europe was offering an opening to start mending bilateral ties that have frayed badly since Trump’s stunning rise. But the president was preoccupied with looking resolute for the cameras, and behind them, his supporters.

    The moment passed and its embarrassment washed over the chancellor’s face. This was a man who, after all, held hands with Theresa May – the messenger of Brexit. Merkel, the embodiment of European unity, could not even get a perfunctory shake.

    That eventually came, at the joint press conference, but the personal chemistry did not improve. On the podium, Trump talked past Merkel, launching into a version of his campaign speech about the need to rebuild the American industrial base in the wake of a string of bad trade deals.
    Im not sure what to make of this. Take it with a pinch of salt and move on OR not be too happy that a gulf is starting to happen between US and Europe .. and Why? Why are we here?

    From our perspective it yet again highlights the tiny inconsequential spec we are bobbing on an ocean with no control really of the direction we are traveling .. just sit back and hope is all.
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    A win for Trump with Merkel promising to meet the 2% NATO target for military spending instead of mooching off the US taxpayer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dame_Enda View Post
    A win for Trump with Merkel promising to meet the 2% NATO target for military spending instead of mooching off the US taxpayer.
    If the Germans spend 2% of their GDP on 'defence' they'll end up with one of the world's most powerful armies.

    Everything turned out well the last time that happened.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cai View Post
    If the Germans spend 2% of their GDP on 'defence' they'll end up with one of the world's most powerful armies.

    Everything turned out well the last time that happened.
    Pure bollockology they won't
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    I don't think he's a big fan. When he was campaigning, he described her as 'insane' for letting in so many refugees.

    She is pro-refugee, a neoliberal globalist etc. He's not. Not much common ground there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robut View Post
    They say opposites attract … but nobody told Trump and Merkel

    VIDEO at this link ... watch



    Im not sure what to make of this. Take it with a pinch of salt and move on OR not be too happy that a gulf is starting to happen between US and Europe .. and Why? Why are we here?

    From our perspective it yet again highlights the tiny inconsequential spec we are bobbing on an ocean with no control really of the direction we are traveling .. just sit back and hope is all.
    The orange moron never seems comfortable in any of these meetings - they all look awkward
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    The Axis Of Awkward: When Merkel Met Trump : Parallels : NPR

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    It wasn't the common ground that German Chancellor Angela Merkel was looking for. When President Trump was asked at their joint press conference Friday about the White House claims that President Obama had enlisted British intelligence in spying on him, Trump looked toward Merkel and quipped, "At least we have something in common, perhaps."
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    Quote Originally Posted by President Bartlet View Post
    The orange moron never seems comfortable in any of these meetings - they all look awkward
    Trump is always comfortable , liberals leftist feel uncomfortable in his presence
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    She looked beamused.
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    Quote Originally Posted by President Bartlet View Post
    The orange moron never seems comfortable in any of these meetings - they all look awkward
    I have watched others .. this is the most awkward by a long way. I think any way.

    Also a petulance & dismissive arrogance from Trump. What ever you all may think of Merkel she is the leader of a very large and important economy/country in Europe and the World & represents the office of German Chancellor. The latter at least surely should deserve respect?
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