Last quote about Trump-Merkel
All quotes about Trump-Merkel
I am a trader, I am a fair trader, I am a trader that wants to see good for everybody worldwide, but I am not an isolationist by any stretch of the imagination. So I don't know what newspaper you are reading, but I guess that would be another example of, as you say, fake news.
The "success of Germans has always been one where the German success is one side of the coin and the other side of the coin has been European unity and European integration. That's something of which I'm deeply convinced.
That is the spirit I think in which we ought to be guided in negotiating any agreement between the United States of America and the EU.
We need to be fair with each other.
Do you want to have a handshake?
It is only fair that both sides profit from the treaties they made. So in this spirit I would be happy if we could resume discussions between the European Union and the United States of America. We signed a trade agreement with Canada and I hope that we might get into a situation here where we can reopen the talks. But this is something we will discuss.
The U.S. has been treated unfairly, and that's going to stop.
I reiterated to Chancellor Merkel our strong support for NATO, as well as the need for our NATO allies to pay their fair share for the cost of defense.
On wiretapping by this past administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps.
As far as wiretapping, I guess by this past administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps. That was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on Fox, and so you shouldn't be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox. Okay?
At least we have something in common.
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.
She "agreed to continue my efforts to persuade my fellow European leaders to deliver on their commitment to spend 2 percent of GDP on defense, so that the burden is more fairly shared.
Out goes the president, and a new one comes in.
At a joint news conference Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Trump fielded a question from a German journalist as to whether he felt it was a “mistake” to accuse British intelligence of assisting former President Barack Obama in allegedly surveilling him. Wrapped up in the question was a pivotal question about the relationship between the Trump White House and the conservative media. After all, the claim about British intelligence stemmed directly from a report by Fox News’s Andrew Napolitano, a former New Jersey judge.
Very seldom. I don't know what newspaper you're reading, but I guess that would be another example of, as you say, fake news. The negotiators for Germany have done a far better job than the negotiators for the United States, but hopefully we can even it out. We don't want victory, we want fairness.
If any European leader can be assumed to have profound insights into (Putin's) thinking and psychology, but at the same time have a very hard-nosed attitude toward a strategic goal, then it would be Merkel. This is how its been with him, this is how he works, this is how he tries to gain your trust, this is how he tries to keep you on edge. These are his goals and this is his modus operandi. This is the thing she has twelve years of experience with as Chancellor.
She is convinced that the necessary, decisive battle against terrorism does not justify a general suspicion against people of a certain origin or a certain religion.
If I was able to, I would turn back time by many, many years, so that I could have prepared the whole government and the authorities for the situation which hit us out of the blue in the late summer of 2015.
I don't know what newspaper you're reading, but I guess that would be an example of fake news.
You know what a disaster this massive immigration has been to Germany and the people of Germany. Crime has risen to levels that no one thought they would ever, ever see. It is a catastrophe.
I am deeply convinced that the trans-Atlantic partnership, based on common values, is in all of our interests, not only for us Europeans. I'll hold my talks with President Donald Trump in this spirit in the coming week.
I think that ... the liberal media will be talking about how Merkel is a sworn opponent of Russia, and Obama and Merkel worked together.
President Trump is probably the least popular U.S. president in a very long time. If this meeting somehow doesn't succeed ... this would certainly be a liability politically for Angela Merkel here in Germany. I think she will have to get along with him. There's a whole set of issues of cooperation and a normal working relationship across the Atlantic. It is simply indispensable.
The president does believe in free trade but he wants free and fair trade.
The chancellor comes to Washington with a very open mind-set and a constructive, pragmatic and forward-looking attitude. We want to build on the strong relationship we've had over the past 70 years.
The other option is we sue (Trump) at the WTO.
There is still lingering doubt about ... how the U.S. sees European security, and whether the U.S. sees its security and Europe's security as intrinsically linked and inseparable.
Those who know the chancellor know that she has a knack for winning over people in personal discussions. I am sure that Donald Trump will not be immune.
Merkel is extremely pragmatic in her approach here, but she's also going to have some situations in which it will be tough for her to give too much.
This is not a meeting to go through the list. It's actually a really important meeting to set up the tone for the relationship in itself.
Merkel's challenge will be to counter Trump's perception of reality without turning him against her.
I've always said it's much, much better to talk to one another, and not about one another.
Well, people are different. Sometimes, it's difficult to find compromises, but that's what we've been elected for. If everything just went like that without a problem, well, you don't need politicians to do these jobs. I am very glad to note that apparently the perspective on that has changed a little bit at least in Germany, too.
I've always thought it is better to talk to one another, rather than about one another.
Would you like to go first? Nice friendly reporter.
The last thing Canadians expect is for me to come down and lecture another country on how they choose to govern themselves.
You can see nobody pulled anybody else.
I'm looking at two-state, and one-state. And I like the one that both parties like. I'm very happy with the one that both parties like. I could live with either one. I thought for a while the two-state looked like it may be the easier of the two, but honestly, if Bibi and the Palestinians, if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I'm happy with the one they like the best.
There have been times when we have differed in our approaches, and that's always done firmly and respectfully.
I've spent a lot of time at St Patrick's Day parades over the years, I will tell you that.
We'll be tweakin' it.
Constanze Stelzenmüller is Robert Bosch senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a contributing writer for The Post.
You can only find that out when you're there, and this is a situation where she's particularly good because she observes things. Putin tried that on her, Erdogan tried that and there are quite a few others. She has an enormous amount of patience, an internal calm and self-confidence, and the kind of personality that would say 'I've seen macho characters come and go, and I've seen men making a lot of mistakes.
I think she made one very catastrophic mistake and that was taking all of these illegals, you know taking all of the people from wherever they come from. And nobody even knows where they come from.
Does the American president want to force Americans to stop buying German cars in the future? Do we want to artificially make German cars more expensive with taxes so that consumers buy more foreign products?
Even if in parts of the world we see protectionist and nationalist approaches on the rise, Europe may never isolate, seal itself off or withdraw.
Today, tomorrow and every day hence, be confident that the United States is now and will always be your greatest ally. President Trump and the American people are fully devoted to our transatlantic union.
Russia is a neighbour of the European Union. Russia is on our external borders. I won't let up in efforts to establish a better relationship with Russia despite differing opinions on many issues.
Acting together strengthens everyone.
Will we be able to continue working well together or will we all fall back into our individual roles? I call on us, and I hope we will find a common position on this, let's make the world better together and then things will get better for every single one of us.
We have to see what the U.S. administration does and then we have to decide whether to react or not to react. I have often said that I support multilateralism and mutual trade agreements. I believe the world mastered the financial and banking crisis because we reacted together in the G20. It's in the German interest to ideally strengthen the similarities that both sides share from our side, from the cooperation of intelligence agencies to issues of defence.
We will try to find common ground wherever possible. We will see issue by issue where we can cooperate and where we have different opinions, but it's in Germany's interest to strengthen the common ground there is.
Sometimes I have the impression that the new administration does not know the European Union in detail but in Europe details matter.
I believe that the more we are clear on how we define our role in the world, the better we can manage our transatlantic relations, . That is why talking about Europe is on top of the agenda for me and not talking about other parts of the world.
There's room for explanations.
Merkel has no choice but to step into the breach and stand up for German interests, regardless of how great her desire for cooperation.
It is a deep, I would say historical, friendship between two peoples. It is a union between two democracies. So it is a lot more than two governments - and it is a trans-Atlantic relationship, . We are at the very beginning of the cooperation with a new American government. It was clear before this (telephone) conversation that there were differences between the new president and the chancellor, or the (German) government. And we will represent our beliefs to this American government.
The world will not wait for us. There are urgent issues on the global agenda about which Germany and America, as well as Europe and America, should be closely coordinating. The friendship between two countries is far more than a beneficial cooperation between governments, but without good and trustworthy relations between those governments, it will not go well.
Germany is a country that has always called for the European Central Bank to pursue an independent policy, just as the Bundesbank did that before the Euro existed. Because of that we will not influence the behaviour of the ECB. And as a result, I cannot and do not want to change the situation as it is.
Donald Trump is no longer a reliable partner. If this insanity is not rescinded, that one should look into whether it is possible to impose a travel ban on him and (White House adviser) Stephen Bannon, the author of this unconstitutional rule.
We are determined to protect the rights of our citizens and will take rapid action within the European Union about the steps that are now needed.
She is convinced that even the necessary, decisive battle against terrorism does not justify putting people of a specific background or faith under general suspicion.
I gave her great compliments until she allowed the refugees to come into Germany, and Germany ... has tremendous problems right now. Well I think Merkel is a really great world leader but I was very disappointed that, when she, this move with the whole thing on immigration. I think it's a big problem and really, you know, to look at what she's done in the last year and a half. I was always a Merkel person. I thought, really fantastic, but I think she made a very tragic mistake a year and a half ago.
They gave it to a woman who's not done the right thing in Germany. Nice woman, I like her, I like her. I better like her, I may have to deal with her. Look, Putin likes me, I want her to like me too. I have friends, I just left people from Germany and they don't even want to go back. Germany's being destroyed by Merkel's naïveté or worse. But Germany is a whole different place and you're going to have a problem in Germany.
A whole range of leaders of countries which are US allies openly campaigned for Hillary Clinton. Angela Merkel was actively doing that as well as François Hollande, Theresa May and other leaders of European states. Moreover, besides direct campaigning for Hillary Clinton, official representatives of the European countries were not shy to demonise Donald Trump.
The smart thing to do is not to yield to intimidation and threats. If you take this path once, you will become the object of threats and intimidation and I don't think that makes sense either for Germany as a whole or for individual companies.
I thought frankly it was inappropriate for a president-elect of the United States to be stepping into the politics of other countries in a quite direct manner. He will have to speak to that. As of Friday, he is responsible for that relationship.
I think it is politically right and economically wise to stick to our principles and our policies, which for Germany is a policy of open and fair trade.
Nationalism and protectionism are not the recipies for greatness.
We can't let anyone divide us.
I'm ready for that.
Whoever wants growth - and I trust this administration will be a growth-friendly one - must be in favour of open markets. Protectionism can afford short-term advantages but is almost always damaging in the long term.
We've got to fight this battle, if for no other reason than principle.
I think that she was extremely courageous. I don't think it amounts to that characterization at all.
I believe we Europeans have our fate in our own hands. I'm personally going to wait until the American president takes office, and then we will naturally work with him on all levels and see what kind of agreements we can reach.
I think it's very good news that the United States of America wants to do a good free-trade deal with us and wants to do it very fast. It's great to hear that from president-elect Donald Trump. Clearly it will have to be a deal that's very much in the interests of both sides, but I have no doubt that it will be.
I think its very good news that the United States of America wants to do a good free trade deal with us and wants to do it very fast and it's great to hear that from President-elect Donald Trump. Clearly it will have to be one that is very much in the interest of both sides but I have no doubt that it will be.
I think we Europeans have our fate in our own hands.
I am personally waiting for the inauguration of the US president. Then, of course, we will work with him on all levels.
I think that she was extremely courageous and I don't think it amounts to [Trump's] characterization at all. It has had some problems, but everybody has had some problems with this challenge of how do you respond appropriately as a big nation, as a great nation, as the West, where our values and our principles are important with respect to caring for people who are in distress, who are put into refugee status.
I think we have to be very careful about suggesting that one of the strongest leaders in Europe and most of important players with respect to where we are heading made one mistake or another. I don't think it's appropriate for us to be commenting on that.
I think Brexit's going to end up being the great thing. And I predicted it – but the heat I took was unbelievable. And I said – it's because people don't wanna have other people coming in and destroying their country. I thought the UK was so smart in getting out.
I have great respect for her (Merkel), I felt she was a great great leader. I think she made one very catastrophic mistake – and that was taking all of these illegals, taking all of the people wherever they come from – and nobody really knows where they come from.
As heads of state and government [of the G20], we said: 'We must resolve the problem facing us together'. And the response to overcome that financial crisis was not a response based on closing oneself off, but a response which called for cooperation, for common rules, for regulation of financial markets.
There are also international risks. We see protectionist tendencies.
It wasn't easy, but the hardships that we have faced have brought us together, have motivated us to open huge reserves of our potential to move forward. The main thing is that we believe in ourselves, in our strength, in our country.
As far as the Greek decisions are concerned, there is a critical discussion. The ESM made this clear. I'm sure I will speak with the Greek prime minister about this tomorrow, although I don't intend to get involved in the negotiations on the Greek package.
So, one has to try to find compromises with mutual respect, but also with a clear opinion. That's politics - always looking to find a common way forward.
Climate negotiations with American presidents ... were not easy in the past.
Of course, I will then say that I believe that climate change is absolutely caused by people. We want to see how the positions develop.
We cannot tackle all the world's hunger, nor can we solve the problems of 65 million refugees, nor can we change the political order everywhere the way we would like it.
This statement moved me, because it comes back to what we are made of. A little more than quarter of a century after the fall of the (Berlin) Wall and German reunification ... people are realising that what we have taken as given is no longer a given.
Merkel will have to walk a tight rope on her relationship to Trump ... Trump is deeply unpopular in Germany.
If she chooses to continue, she will have big burdens. I wish I could be there to lighten her load somewhat, but she is tough.
America has preserved through worse. (Trump) might surprise and do really well.
People are watching whoever goes into Trump Tower and whoever comes out, whether they are smiling or sad or whatever and it doesn't mean that any of these people is actually under consideration but many of them probably are.
I think Angela Merkel is in trouble when her term comes. It's just a time of great change.
I don't think Henry Kissinger is ready to come back into an American government at this point, but Mitt Romney, I am not sure that he really is under consideration for secretary of state.
I have always been very committed to the conclusion of a free trade agreement with the United States, we have made good progress in the negotiations but now they cannot be concluded.
I'm sure that one day we can come back. What unites us is the common conviction that globalisation must be organised humanely, politically, but that there is no return to the time before globalisation.
I don't expect that the president-elect will follow exactly our blueprint or our approach, but my hope is that he does not simply take a realpolitik approach and suggest that, you know, if we just cut some deals with Russia, even if it hurts people or even if it violates international norms, or even if it leaves smaller countries vulnerable or creates long-term problems in regions like Syria, that we just do whatever is convenient at the time.
The negotiations on agreements like T-TIP have been challenging, and obviously at a moment when there is concerns about globalization.
Alliances are part of our destiny as a nation, part of our future as a nation, and this is what guides me in my policy and my government as a whole.
That is why America cannot turn inward.
The parting is hard for me.
We all know that democracy lives off change. It's a tough rule: Eight years and that's it.
Do not take for granted our systems of government and our way of life. Democracy is hard work.
You have to dress like the tribe you aspire to belong to.
We found that approval for men drops just as much as for women if their appearance is portrayed in an unflattering way in the media.
Every public figure should look their best all the time.
I was always a Merkel person, I thought really fantastic, but I think she made a very tragic mistake a year-and-a-half ago.
He "never did business in Cuba.
Well, I think Merkel is a really great world leader, but I was very disappointed that – when she – this move with the whole thing on immigration. I think it's a big problem and really, you know, to look at what she's done in the last year and a half. I was always a Merkel person. I thought really fantastic. But I think she made a very tragic mistake a year and a half ago.
The phenomenon of Islamist terrorism, of IS, is not a phenomenon that came to us with the refugees – rather, we have it, and had it, here.
In short, Hillary Clinton wants to be America's Angela Merkel and you know what a disaster this massive immigration has been to Germany and the people of Germany.
Clinton is our Angela Merkel.
There are more criminal acts in Germany these days because there are more people, thanks to the influx of 1.1 million refugees in 2015 alone.
Beyond terrorism, as we have seen in France, foreign populations have brought their anti-Semitic attitudes with them. In short, Hillary Clinton wants to be America's Angela Merkel. And you know what a disaster this massive immigration has been to Germany and the people of Germany. Crime has risen to levels that no one thought they would ever, ever see. It is a catastrophe. We have enough problems in our country. We don't need more.
And it is surprising. You got a room full of reporters, celebrities, cameras and he says 'no'. Is this dinner too tacky for The Donald. What could he possibly be doing instead? Is he at home, eating a 'Trump Steak', tweeting out insults to Angela Merkel? What is he doing?