German Chancellor Merkel meets Donald Trump

“We send them cars; they practically don’t take them”, Trump said in February.

The minister said the connection between Iran and North Korea pertains to missile technology. The embassy is moving from Tel Aviv.

“We must ensure that this murderous regime does not even get close to a nuclear weapon, and that Iran ends its proliferation of unsafe missiles, and its support for terrorism”. At one point Merkel visibly cringed after Trump said, “Washington can be a very mean place”.

“There’s been no decision made”, Pompeo told reporters in Brussels on the sidelines of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation foreign ministerial meeting.

Merkel said Friday that Germany considers the Iran nuclear deal “a first step that has contributed to slowing down their activities in this particular respect”. “You can bank on it”, Trump declared at a news conference with Merkel.

Trump’s pressing European nations to spend at least two percent of their GDP on defense – as he has urged since his campaign.

German newspapers reported Thursday that the government was already preparing for the tariffs to hit starting next week – a development that officials have warned could kick off a damaging trade war.

“No.(Germany) should meet the goals that they agreed to.that’s the expectation, not only for Germany but for everyone”.

There was no tweet from President Trump after the address.

“Look forward to meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany today”, he tweeted.

While “expectations in Paris and Berlin are really low” for a breakthrough on either the Iran deal or averting the steel and aluminium tariffs, both leaders felt the effort was still important to take, according to Constanze Stelzenmüller, a fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Yet there is little sign Merkel can get Trump to back down from decisions he sees as part of his populist promise to help American workers and secure better worldwide deals. The French president noted that Trump had followed through on previous promises, including pulling out of the Paris climate accord. And although France, Germany, and the United Kingdom have reportedly facilitated agreement among European Union member states over issues like the expansion in monitoring of Iran’s nuclear activities, they have so far fallen short of satisfying all of the White House’s demands. Germany needs to spend on defence needs not less than two percent of its GDP, he said, expressing the hope that every North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partner will fulfill and even exceed this goal.

German business leaders voiced disappointment on Saturday over the outcome of talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump, saying they feared he would impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. The two leaders exchanged kisses on the cheek as Merkel emerged from her limousine at the White House.

The visit comes as Trump weighs withdrawing the US from the Iran nuclear accord, an agreement Germany believes should stay in pace.

On the eve of U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said after a meeting of foreign Ministers of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries in Brussels that if the shortcomings of the deal with Iran on its nuclear program will not be fixed, Washington is unlikely it will stay.

Kellyanne Conway, a senior counselor to Trump, said that the president’s relationships with Merkel and Macron don’t need to be compared.

Donald Trump described the Macrons as his “cherished guests”.

After the pomp and spectacle showered on French President Emmanuel Macron earlier in the week, Friday’s meeting seemed more like homework than a celebration of shared values and bonhomie.

On this occasion in the Oval Office, he shook her hand and went further by denying suggestions that they weren’t close.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un left and South Korean President Moon Jae-in raise their hands after signing a joint statement at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone