Trump tells Merkel: 'At least we have something in common'
President Trump today joked that he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel “have something in common,” referring to reports that the Obama administration had listened to Merkel’s cellphone calls.
(…) “As far as wiretapping, I guess, by this past administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps,” Trump said.
Trump was referring to a disclosure in 2013 by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that the U.S. had conducted spying operations in Germany, including the monitoring of Merkel’s cellphone. (…)
Since Chancellor Merkel was accompanied by representatives of Siemens and BMW, I’m sure they had a few things to discuss, like how to proceed with improving the relations with Russia and getting the sanctions out of the way. On a personal level, the discussions may have been fraught with some unpleasant memories:
“I always thought Merkel was, like, this great leader,” he said in an interview in October 2015 about her decision to allow more than a million refugees into the country. “What she’s done in Germany is insane,” he added and predicted: “They’re going to have riots in Germany.”
Two months later, after Time magazine made Merkel its person of the year Trump took to Twitter to declare, that the outlet picked the person “who is ruining Germany”.
In March 2016, referring to the Cologne New Year’s Eve assaults on hundreds of women, Trump during a rally in Iowa again predicted unrest in Germany and lashed out against Merkel. “The German people are going to riot. The German people are going to end up overthrowing this woman [Angela Merkel]. I don’t know what the hell she is thinking.”
In turn, the reaction on the part of the Merkel government was not just surprise, but ‘shock’, disgust, and distancing when the US election results were pronounced. So, it’ll be interesting to watch how this relationship is going to develop.
Merkel, of course, is more American than the Americans, at least that’s how she is perceived in Germany, and we don’t even need to warm up certain rumours to be able to say that with certainty. When Rumsfeld said: “I believe Libya, Cuba and Germany are ones that have indicated they won’t help in any respect,” he referred to the previous Chancellor Schröder’s goverment. Merkel, at the time, made sure that everybody noticed she was the alternative. She publicly pronounced in the Washington Post her loyalty towards the illegal war president Bush II and that she would not never be the problem when it came to wars and participation in the killing as long as her industrial clients would get their share.7wo7rees likes this
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