Angela Merkel's Facial Expressions Illustrate Global Bewilderment at Trump

Spicer's claim repeated libertarian commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano's unfounded claims that Obama enlisted United Kingdom spies to help wiretap Trump Tower.

Tweeting a day after an awkward meeting with German leader Angela Merkel, Trump demanded Berlin should cough up billions of Euros more on defence.

Obama was told of the operation in 2010 and let it continue, according to multiple news reports, but his national security advisor Susan Rice later assured Germany that the White House knew nothing about it.

Merkel said she wanted to speak with Trump, who was elected in November, about security and economic issues as well as about future worldwide cooperation. Trump said at the press conference that many countries owe "vast sums of money" - but he declined to identify Germany, at the time, as one of those nations. "I'll make that clear", she added.

"That was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on Fox and so you shouldn't be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox, ok?"

On economic matters, the Chancellor said she hoped Trump would consider re-opening discussions on the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a proposed pact between the USA and the European Union.One of Trump's first actions as President was to formally withdraw the United States from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership and he made no secret of his dislike for multilateral deals.

Trump is defending his false wiretapping claims by citing a "highly respected lawyer. on Fox News". Spicer's comments caused an global incident with America's closest ally, with British government officials demanding a formal apology and calling the claim "utterly ridiculous" on Friday.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday that the White House had assured Number 10 it will not repeat the GCHQ claims.

A man who scaled a White House fence earlier this month was on the grounds outside the executive residence for more than 16 minutes prior to his arrest, the US Secret Service said Friday.

U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 17, 2017.

In response to calls from the press, Merkel asked Trump if he wanted to shake hands for the cameras, but the President did not respond.

"We talked about the worldwide situation, we discussed the shared interests that we have", said Merkel on her remarks.

Ulf Roeller: I mean, I think the German business and political leaders are really scared about Donald Trump because they have the feeling Donald Trump is not only threatening the German economy. He said: "I don't believe in isolationist policy, but I also believe that a trade policy should be fair".

"You watch what happens to Angela Merkel, who I always thought of as a very good leader until she did this".

  • Ernesto Newman