After opening statements assuring each other of mutual support, Pres. Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel took a few questions from the press.
The first of four questions–two from U.S. journalists and two from German journalists–went to Mark Halperin, who is senior political analyst at MSNBC but is also reporting for his Showtime series The Circus. The show returns Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET, and now has new material. Sunday’s first episode also goes behind the scenes at the Today show and MSNBC’s Morning Joe with Halperin and John Heilemann appearing as guests on those shows.
The second question went to a German reporter who asked about trade, but also, according to a translation, asked, “Why are you so scared of adversity in the news, in the media, that you speak so often of as ‘fake news’ and things that cannot be proven, and the fact that you have been wiretapped by Mr. Obama.”
“Nice, friendly reporter,” said Trump, not taking her bait.
Kevin Cirilli, Chief Washington correspondent for Bloomberg Television got the second U.S. reporter question.
The second German reporter also asked about wiretapping and how British intelligence was caught up in the mess based on a report by Judge Andrew Napolitano.
“All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television,” Trump said. “I didn’t make an opinion on it. 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.”
TVNewser talked to Fox, and they told us this will be discussed tonight on Fox News at 6 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.