Donald Trump tells Angela Merkel: We've both been wiretapped by Barack Obama

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"We just reiterated the fact that we were just simply reading media accounts".

"In the period leading up to this visit, I've always said it's much, much better to talk to one another and not about one another, and I think our conversation proved this", the German leader said through a translator.

"Do you want to have a handshake", she asked.

While the President Trump had earlier greeted the German leader with a handshake upon her arrival at the White House, he appeared to ignore requests to do so as the pair sat together later in front of TV cameras, The Independent reports.

Trump and Merkel have differed publicly on a number of issues, most notably immigration. "Many nations owe vast sums of money from past years".

And on Saturday morning, he re-emphasized that point and tweeted Germany owes money to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation - and to the US - for defense.

Trump did not make any comments about the European project on Friday.

Mr Trump said Mr Spicer was merely quoting a Fox News analyst when he made the comments.

The businesslike tone of their exchanges also illustrated the distance between the two leaders.

Regarding Trump and free trade, he has mentioned he would love to keep America first.

"At least we have something in common, perhaps", he said, eliciting laughs from the room and a slight smile from the German chancellor.

Mr. Trump greeted Ms. Merkel as she emerged from black Chevrolet Suburban at the White House's West Wing portico. "Furthermore, we're looking at the situation afresh every day and are not giving anyone a carte blanche for the future", Merkel said. Trump tweeted on Saturday. But she is facing serious re-election challenge in September, and she is taking this position because she is anxious about the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party which is clearly eating into her support...

In a photo op after their Oval Office meeting, the two leaders sat next to each other in separate chairs.

In the past, Trump accused Merkel of "ruining" Germany by accepting hundreds of thousands of refugees.

But both sides are trying to move on from past tensions.

Addressing the claims, the Republican joked about that he and Mrs Merkel had "something in common", referring to reports the United States bugged her phone under the Obama's presidency. A spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May said, "We've received assurances from the White House that these allegations would not be repeated".

Merkel hoped to appeal to the President's focus on business, bringing the chief executives of Siemens and BMW with her to Washington with her to Washington.

Merkel, who was making her first visit to the White House since Trump took office, did not weigh in on the 2013 incident, which angered many in Germany.

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