What do Donald Trump and Angela Merkel have in common?

The German chancellor was however not amused and did not appear to be smiling at the reference.

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Donald Trump and Angela Merkel have something in common. It was an awkward moment on live television when US President Donald Trump quipped that he and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel had something in common. He was referring to the tapping of her phone by the National Security Agency.

Donald Trump and Angela Merkel

Trump's comments come after he had claimed on Twitter that he was wiretapped by his predecessor Barrack Obama, a charge that has been denied senior members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.

It was a tense press conference. Trump seemed irritated by a question from a German reporter who quoted a Fox News story about the wiretapping allegations made by him. "As far as wiretapping, I guess by this past administration, at least we have something in common," Trump said while turning to Merkel. The German chancellor was however not amused and did not appear to be smiling at the joke.

Overall it was a tense press conference with Merkel taking time to process what had just happened. The US media reported that following the Trump remark, she frowned and started shuffling her papers on the podium that was set up for the joint press conference.

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