TRUMP, MERKEL IN

Stark dif­fer­ences in trade, immigration poli­cies ex­posed

New Straits Times - - World - SAFWAN,

Two men help­ing a woman cross a flooded street in Huachipa, Peru, on Fri­day. They are hold­ing onto the rope to avoid be­ing washed away by tor­rents of muddy wa­ter from the Huayco River.

WASHINGTON

STARK dif­fer­ences be­tween Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel on ev­ery­thing from trade to immigration were in full view dur­ing an icy first meet­ing at the White House on Fri­day.

In an awk­ward press con­fer­ence, Trump and Merkel showed lit­tle com­mon ground as they ad­dressed a host of thorny is­sues in­clud­ing the North Atlantic Treaty Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Nato), de­fence spend­ing and free trade deals.

For most of the 30 min­utes, Merkel was stony-faced as Trump ripped into Washington’s Nato al­lies for not pay­ing for their “fair share” for transat­lantic de­fence and de­manded “fair and re­cip­ro­cal trade” deals.

Merkel had hoped to re­verse a chill in re­la­tions af­ter Trump’s in­cen­di­ary elec­tion rhetoric.

The visit be­gan cor­dially, with the pair shak­ing hands at the en­trance of the White House.

But later, sit­ting side-by-side in the Oval Of­fice, Merkel’s sug­ges­tion

MARCH 19, 2017

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