On each official visit, his handshake. A kind of symbol to show the agreement between two countries. At the White House on Friday, journalists were waiting for this symbolic moment between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump.
Questions are flying. Then in the audience, several journalists launch ” handshakes “, for ” handshake ” in English. At this moment, Angela Merkel seems to lean towards the American president. Without success. Donald Trump carefully avoids all eyes in his direction. The Chancellor then stands up in her chair and the press is forced to leave the oval office.
"Can we get a handshake?"
*Merkel looks at Trump*
*Press is ushered out without any handshake* pic.twitter.com/dKxu5C5X9Y
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) March 17, 2017
“I’m not isolationist”
A photo session that journalists present describe as icy. Same atmosphere after, during the press conference. The two leaders hardly look at each other, exchange a look or a word. Donald Trump gets angry at questions from journalists in the German press.
” I’m not an isolationist, I’m a proponent of free trade ,” he said after a question about his trade policy. Finally, the press conference concludes with a handshake between the two leaders.
Trump’s joke on Obama’s supposed eavesdropping
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump reiterated that he did not accuse the United Kingdom of having spied on him after allegations against the British secret services that his spokesman seemed to take up on his own account.
He also joked with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who stood by her side, saying that ” in terms of tapping by the previous administration, at least we may have something in common .”
Angela Merkel et Donald Trump se sont finalement serrés la main à l'issue d'une conférence de presse commune très tendue. pic.twitter.com/wltRzIqQnc
— Jean-Bernard Cadier (@jbcadier) March 17, 2017