Trump and Merkel - the first meeting

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President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet for the first time Friday at the White House, followed by a news conference.

Last week, as The New Republic noted, it was German Chancellor Angela Merkel's turn to sit across from Donald Trump, leading to "one of the most cringe-inducing staged events in political history".

The president had no regrets about highlighting comments from Napolitano, a former New Jersey Superior Court judge, about alleged British spying, Spicer told reporters after Trump and Merkel adjourned for a working lunch at which they were to discuss trade issues.

It is unclear if Trump simply did not hear the chancellor, or if he ignored the question.

Earlier, the two sat in the White House Oval Office before news cameras, declining urges to shake hands.

Following their day of meetings, the two held a joint news conference Friday afternoon during which Trump stressed the need to protect the USA from what he calls "radical Islamic terrorism". Obama was the president and as such enjoyed authority under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to order surveillance on any person in America, without suspicion, probable cause or a warrant.

Mr Trump set the tone for his relations with the German chancellor during his campaign a year ago, saying her decision to allow refugees into Germany was a "catastrophic mistake" and suggested she was "ruining Germany".

In a similar vein, Merkel has sought to remind - some in the White House would say lecture - the real estate mogul about democratic values.

The first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders held at the White House last week was meant to determine Germany and America's transatlantic alliance and shape the nations' working relationship, though it appeared to end awkwardly when the President apparently refused to shake Ms Merkel's hand.

"I am a fair trader. but I am not an isolationist", Trump said.

But even the lighter moments were tinged with tension. "As far as wiretapping, I guess, by this past administration, at least we have something in common", he said to Dr Merkel, who looked bewildered.

Observers on both sides of the Atlantic say this visit is a good precursor for other meetings they'll have at other worldwide summits later this year.

His family hails from Kallstadt, a tidy village nestled in southwest Germany's lush wine country.

Merkel repeatedly stressed the importance of trade and the European Union's role as one of the United States' leading trade partners.

"I stand by a free and independent press and have great respect for journalists", she said last month at the Munich Security Conference, which Pence attended.