The White House Denied Trump Ignored Angela Merkel’s Request for a Handshake

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Trump ‘did not hear’ Angela Merkel’s question

After a controversy sparked by Trump’s apparent refusal to shake hands with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, during their joint press conference in the Oval Office, The White House insisted the US President did not intend to ignore the German Chancellor.

“I don’t think he heard the question,” Press Secretary Sean Spicer told German publication Der Spiegel.

During the meeting in the Oval Office, Angela Merkel was heard asking President Trump whether he wanted to shake hands, but Trump did not respond. After Trump apparently ignored her question, Merkel looked back at the TV cameras and smiled thinly.

However, the two leaders shook hands at the entrance to the White House on Friday, and also in Oval Office after the reporters were ordered out.

German media blasted Trump’s conduct during the meeting that was marked by many differences between the two leaders. Trump, who has previously criticized Merkel’s immigration policy, insisted that negative news reports about his meeting with Ms Merkel were inaccurate.

“Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Nevertheless, Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!”, he added.

Source: The Independent