Trump, Merkel air differences

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The most telling episode of the visit between Trump and Merkel might have taken place in the Oval office where Merkel asked Trump if he wanted to shake hands for the cameras, but Trump did not respond. Trump, in the past, has accused Angela Merkel for ‘ruining’ Germany by admitting large number of Middle Eastern refugees.

Trump expressed appreciation for Merkel’s assurance that Germany is committed to increasing its military spending. However, there were clearly different views on immigration when Angela Merkel said that efforts to make borders secure and integrate immigrants must include “looking at the refugees as well, giving them opportunities to shape their own lives. The West should help countries who right now are not able to do so.

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Seriously, What has it come to? Not shaking hands with foreign diplomats, bringing past wiretapping charges on top foreign diplomats done by his own country, spending money and resources on false wiretap claims and being stubborn about it, discrimination , banning refugees, failing to garner support, A really screwed up healthcare plan. Do people even see what all has happened in just two months. How can you even imagine the product at the end of one year rather than at the end of his term.

Steinmeier elected as the new German President

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Germany’s former foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected as the new head of state on Sunday. He is often called the Germany’s “Anti-Trump” who accused Trump of being a hate preacher.

At 61, Steinmeier regularly polls as Germany’s most popular politician. Social Democrats (SPD), the political party hopes to win against Chancellor Merkel in September elections with their candidate Martin Schulz following this.

Steinmeier received 931 of 1,239 valid votes after Merkel’s conservatives, lacking a strong candidate of their own, agreed to back him to replace incumbent Joachim Gauck, 77, a former pastor from ex-communist East Germany.

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