The first official meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel was a complete disaster for a number of reasons.
For starters, the POTUS, the so-called leader of the free world, stupidly refused to shake hands with the most powerful woman in the world. Then there was that ridiculous wiretapping jab from Trump that prompted visible disbelief on Merkel’s face. (Watch around 0:16 mark in the video above). In addition, the American president accused Germany of owing “vast sums of money” to NATO and the U.S., when, in fact, “that’s not how it works,” as pointed out by former U.S. ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder.
However, as it turns out, there was one more thing Trump reportedly did that was even more embarrassing than these moments.
The Sunday Times, a U.K.-based publication, reports Trump handed Merkel a fake £300 billion bill — an invoice — for money he claimed Germany “owes” NATO during “private talks in Washington.”
The gesture was described as “outrageous” by an unnamed German minister, the paper added.
“The concept behind putting out such demands is to intimidate the other side, but the chancellor took it calmly and will not respond to such provocations,” the minister said.
The latest report of the terrible meeting has prompted even more backlash:
Trump is worse than you could have imagined, even knowing that he's worse than you could have imagined. https://t.co/BEnukQbXV8— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) March 26, 2017
The audacity of Bannon/Trump to demand and hand Angela Merkel a bill for $300m is the worst example of ignorance and stupidity ever— bmeans (@bmeans) March 27, 2017
At their meeting, Trump gave Merkel a bill for NATO. Merkel plans to treat it with the same respect Trump treats his bills and not pay it.— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) March 26, 2017
However, Michael Short, a White House spokesman, told CNBC that the report was "false."
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