Merkel .. Trump - Awkward to say the least.

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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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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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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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They say opposites attract … but nobody told Trump and Merkel

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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

And this again ..

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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She looked beamused.
 

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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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My Dad is 70 years old - my spoilt little nephew will be 4 next month - Trump has more in common with my nephew................a petulant brat whose silver spoon inheritance has meant he has never had to grow up........his mother has a hell of a lot to answer for.

While Everybody is getting used to the fact that Trump is a total wan^er to deal with on a personal basis - unless you are muslim or a poor American citizen - you have little to fear from his administration as he is full of it and backs down at the slighest sign of resistance
hes a totally useless manager,his administration is completely incompetent because its full of ideological purists - not practical people who know how to get a job done......he achieved absolutely f.all since he's been elected except drive the ratings of late night US chatshows and US papers to stratospheric heights.

Merkel just held her nose and did what had to be done..............Kenny in his own way , did the same - his invite to Trump is similar to the one everybody has to make to the mad relative in the family - while praying to god he never turns up.........Trump won't be back in Ireland as President..............He'll be gone before the mid-terms in 2018...........
 

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I thought it was really funny because she had such a chummy relationship with Obama. They were totally on the same page. Globalism, neoliberalism and open borders all the way and now she's dealing with an America first nationalist who wants to erect trade barriers and restrict immigration.

It's awkward because they have diametrically opposing agendas and she knows it.
 

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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.
Very very different Germany. The point is that European NATO members have been mooching off the US taxpayer since 1991. If Germany wants to be defenceless it should leave NATO. And read up on the difference between self defence and aggression. Successive Irish govts have decided to render us defenceless by not joining NATO or investing in a proper military capability. Small nations cant defend themselves alone, but they can sometimes delay things e.g. the Belgians in 1914, long enough for help to arrive.
 
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Well Merkels actions have led directly to many rapes and murders by allowing unvetted people from the third world in, and not even consulting any of her neighbours ?

I would be very uncomfortable around her especially if one of my family members was raped or murdered by actions she helped in. She will need to sell a lot of cars to pay the multi billion euro welfare bill.

A horrible little individual that overstepped the authority given to her by the voters, she needs to answer for her crimes against the German people.
 

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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.
First the managed to rape southern Europe economically and then she managed to flood Northern Europe with belligerent welfare seekers. She is one of the worst leaders in modern Europe and has failed on a scale that reflects her DDR ausbildung. She has messed up an entire continent and history will record her incompetence, hubris, and haplessness as playing a major role in the ongoing decline of a great culture.
 

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I thought it was really funny because she had such a chummy relationship with Obama. They were totally on the same page. Globalism, neoliberalism and open borders all the way and now she's dealing with an America first nationalist who wants to erect trade barriers and restrict immigration.

It's awkward because they have diametrically opposing agendas and she knows it.
True, but he should be capable of respecting the fact that she's there representing a country of 80 million people.
 

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First the managed to rape southern Europe economically and then she managed to flood Northern Europe with belligerent welfare seekers. She is one of the worst leaders in modern Europe and has failed on a scale that reflects her DDR ausbildung.
A fncking awful woman and the sooner she's gone the better for Europe and Ireland.
 

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