Trump to Merkel, We were both Wiretapped
Mar 18, Washington DC: The US President Donald Trump has told German chancellor Angela Merkel that they something in common, as she had been wire trapped during the Obama Adminstration.
US intelligence agencies under Mr Obama reportedly monitored Mrs Merkel's phone, sparking an angry response. But both Republican and Democratic congressional leaders have said they do not believe Mr Trump was wiretapped.Mr Trump and Mrs Merkel have discussed key issues including Nato and trade.
Her visit had been scheduled for Tuesday but was postponed due to a snowstorm. Trump made his wire-tapping jibe in a joint press conference with Mrs Merkel. She gave a quizzical look.
He was also asked about a comment by White House press secretary Sean Spicer that the UK's GCHQ spy agency had carried out wiretapping on Mr Trump during the US election campaign. "Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the now president of the United States was surveilled at any time in any way, full stop."
The body language was at times awkward. In an earlier photo opportunity in the White House, Mrs Merkel asked him quietly: "Do you want a handshake?" He looked forwards with his hands clasped and did not reply.
The Oslo Times International News Network