Fundamental differences crop up in Merkel-Trump's first meeting

18 Mar 2017 | Written by Vaneet Randhawa; Edited by NewsBytes Desk

Stark disagreements between German Chancellor Merkel and President Donald Trump on almost everything from enterprise to immigration were evident during the first encounter at the White House.

Trump critiqued Washington's NATO partners for not giving their "fair share" of transatlantic defense and directed "fair and reciprocal trade" deals.

Merkel indicated at differences, saying: "This is obviously something we had an exchange of views about."

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Before taking on as the US President, Donald Trump had upset the German Chancellor by terming Merkel's reception of refugees a "catastrophic mistake".

He had further added that she was "ruining Germany."

In a similar style, Ms. Merkel had retorted back by saying that the close cooperation between Germany and US was based on democratic values and he must not forget them.

18 Mar 2017Fundamental differences crop up in Merkel-Trump's first meeting

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