Donald Trump’s meeting with Angela Merkel went as badly as you would expect

So many people justifiably complain about Donald Trump’s weekends in Florida, but here’s the silver lining: at least he isn’t signing 10 million Executive Orders over the weekend nowadays, and at least we don’t have to wake up on Saturday and Sunday mornings, wondering what fresh hell awaits us. That being said, Emperor Baby Fists manages to fill the work week with enough bulls–t that it spills over into the weekend. So here are some stories that are going around from the past three days or so:

The Merkel Mess Part 1. No one thought that Angela Merkel’s first trip to meet Donald Trump in-person was going to go well. But did Baby Fists have to be so openly filled with disgust? He literally refused to shake her hand. He later claimed that he didn’t hear her. Bulls–t.

The Merkel Mess Part 2. The joint press conference was awful for a million different reasons, but especially when Baby Fists made a “joke” about how he and Merkel were both wiretapped by Obama. Merkel’s reaction to this… OMG.

The Merkel Mess Part 3. Baby Fists doesn’t understand how NATO works. To be fair, his NATO briefing papers were written in Russian.

Fareed Zakaria on Baby Fists. I like Zakaria a lot – his Sunday show on CNN is great, and I love his international political analysis. Zakaria is also no fan of Trump, obviously. Zakaria appeared on Don Lemon’s show on Friday night and Fareed repeatedly called out Trump’s “bulls–t.” Literally, Fareed kept saying that live on CNN. He said: “I think the president is somewhat indifferent to things that are true or false. He has spent his whole life bulls—ting. He has succeeded by bulls—ting. He has gotten the presidency by bulls—ting. It’s very hard to tell somebody at that point that bulls— doesn’t work, because look at the results, right? But that’s what he does — he sees something, he doesn’t particularly care if it’s true or not, he just puts it out there. And then he puts something else out. … When pushed on it, he doesn’t take responsibility: ‘I wasn’t saying that, I was just quoting somebody else.’”

Dianne Feinstein thinks Trump will be impeached. Well done, Senator Feinstein, for keeping positive.

Baby Fists lied. I know, how shocking! He lied about having a major meeting with veterans groups. It never happened.

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  1. Jane says:

    Of course it went badly. Donnie doesn’t play well with others.

  2. Marcy says:

    He is beyond a immature, hateful, NPD, misogynistic, piglet he’s an embarrassment to our country and a joke to the world. Shame shame shame on the Republicans for letting this orange ruination of politics and media sit on the throne he’s a modern day Joffrey!!! They are traitors to our country every say they don’t invoke the 25th or impeachment my only hope left is Comey blast his wiretapping lies out of the water and call him out. We do not need his apologies we need him to be FIRED!!!! Merkel was lie wtf I should have stayed in Germany this guy is certifiable!

    • Jezza says:

      Marcy – yup he’s EXACTLY like Joffrey!! And like Joffrey, once he came to power, that power is going to his head! Cersi couldn’t reign Joffrey in, and baby fisted cheeto has never listened to anyone – and it’s only gotten worse!!

      I admire and respect Angela Merkel. Shame she (and everyone else) is subjected to the pig who occupies The Oval Office. Say what you will about her policy regarding migrants (did anyone really imagine the millions who crossed the borders into Europe??) she has been a steady, dependable leader and widely respected.

      • Stella Alpina says:

        Hey now, I completely agree with what you and Marcy wrote, except for one thing: let’s not malign pigs and piglets. They are wonderful, intelligent (smarter than dogs), underrated animals, completely the opposite of Trump. I think it’s more fitting to describe America’s King Joffrey as a leech, a parasite, an orange flea, etc.

  3. Diana says:

    Hey, could someone clarify for me what’s going on with NATO? I don’t understand where Donald Trump is coming from with the idea the US is hard done by and deserves money from Germany – is this something any lobbying groups have been pushing for in the US??

    • Jeesie says:

      There’s a general sentiment in some right wing circles that America does far more than it’s fair share. Which might be a valid point if they weren’t the ones setting the standard. If you’re going to spend a completely insane and unrivalled 600 billion a year on defense and nominate yourselves as leaders of the free world, then yeah, you get to do the heavy lifting when it comes to defense.

      Basically they want the financial benefits of isolationism, but they don’t actually want the isolationism. It’s a bit like Brexit. Brexiters want the kind of isolationism where they don’t have to give a cent to the EU, but still get all the benefits.

    • Macscore says:

      @Diana, I commented on this downthread – you’re right, nobody “owes” anything to the US for NATO membership. Member states pledge to (try to) contribute 2% of their GDP for defense purposes, in order to establish a strong alliance to ensure peace and unity. Drumpf is once again revealing his almost deliberate provocation and ignorance. He is a pig of the first order (no, wait, that’s demeaning to pigs…).

    • Lightpurple says:

      It is a continuation of a long-standing Republican lie that began with Reagan and has continued since. They also believe the US is the sole financial support of the UN and constantly threaten and actually do at times refuse to pay UN dues whenever the UN does something the right-wing doesn’t like. When Clinton took office, he had to pay back a large chunk of money owed to the UN. The far right-wing wants to be isolationist as far as the world order is concerned while still supporting US corporations in exploitation of the world’s resources and markets.

    • jwoolman says:

      It seems to have to do with creative accounting. The anti-NATO folk believe that the US is paying something like 73% of NATO’s bills. But actually it is only about 22% if we subtract out the things the US would already be doing for its own purposes and the value of land and airspace provided for the US military to use in its stup…, er, excellent military adventures elsewhere.

      The European members are aiming to be all paying 2% of their GNP (I think) by 2024. Only a few of them are at that level at the moment. They are definitely realizing they need to ease out from under reliance on the US for certain functions, especially with President Tweeter in charge. He’s been a real wake-up call on both sides of the pond. But the reality is that NATO and a strong Europe are in our best interest also, when you think about our economic costs and cost in lives for the two world wars. With modern weapons, there would hardly be anything left of Europe. That couldn’t possibly be a good thing for the USA.

    • Sixer says:

      There’s also an affordability clause with regard to the 2% – and lord forbid countries put the welfare of their citizens in the wake of a global financial crisis as a higher priority than defence spending. We can see from the Orange Abomination’s budget he isn’t into that sort of thing!

      Also, although the arms industry is infamous for waste and corruption worldwide, the Pentagon does seem to take the cake. Missing billions of dollars are a slip of the accounting pen, it seems. So GDP doesn’t necessarily relate to bang for buck. The US’s 3.5% or whateveritis, might well be considerably less in a country where the government has more control over defence contractor costs. I’m in the UK and we just creep in at the 2%, but our MOD is similarly beset by profiteering so I don’t think it’s a stick to beat other countries with.

    • cynic says:

      @ Diana, One thing that Herr Cheeto does very well is that he exploits the ignorance of his followers, and of us Americans in general. As discussed in the replies, and downthread, a lot of Americans believe that the U.S. pays a lot more for the UN operations (and for foreign aid) than we actually do.

    • vauvert says:

      NATO country here (Canada). The original agreement did NOT specify how much each country would pay; they all decided for themselves and they do not pay each other. The orange one and his minions are too stupid to get that right.
      In 2014 the members agreed to up their spending to 2% of GDP in 10 years. Germany is well on track to reach the agreed upon goal.
      In the meantime, Germany is spending a huge amount of refugees (1M of them in a nation of 83M people, so by that math the US is so far behind it’s funny. )
      They are also spending a huge amount on activities like hospital and aid on the ground in countries where NATO forces are intervening. (Even though guess who starts most of these military actions???)
      Finally the creative Trump accounting is leaving out details such as the cost of operating US bases in Germany (guess who pays for those? Not the US); and the fact that post WWII the peace agreements included limitations on Germany’s and Japan’s armed forces (in Japan the US dictated constitution actually forbids them from raising the military past a certain point.). They are both now changing and in the face of Twitler’s idiocy and apparent disregard for allies they may speed up both military investment and long held attitudes about what they should do to protect themselves. Meanwhile Trump keeps asking for more $ for military investment – one wonders where he plans to start a war to justify that. And when it happens I hope to God NATO looks at him and goes “not this time buddy. It’s your party, you go to it. We’re sitting this one out.”

  4. TheOtherOne says:

    He was intimidated by a strong, powerful woman who is not impressed by him or his “charm.” He looked so uncomfortable next to her and that made me happy!

  5. RussianBlueCat says:

    I was watching CNN when Fareed made the “bulls**t ” comment about Trump. That pretty will sums up everything Trump has done up to this point.
    As for how Trump treated Angela Merkel, that is just plain rude and shows how he lacks any manners. Zero class, I am really beyond getting surprised by his actions

  6. Nyawira says:

    Did you see that press conference? Trump reads off a very basic press release, making sure to enunciate and stretch out certain words as though he were saying something so very complicated. Then Merkel takes the mic and without notes breaks down all the thematic areas they covered, what the points of contention were coming in and how that’s being resolved. Just bam, bam, bam!! And the whole time Trump has that stupid fake listening face. The one he thinks makes him look smart but really just showcases the doofus in him .

    • original kay says:

      Yes, I laughed that she just kept talking and talking and the translator kept going, like the energizer bunny.
      she didn’t even look down once.

      then answering questions, same thing. It’s all in her head, and he was talking about his “great” healthcare plan.

      It was so awesome. The Leader of the Free World met donald trump and cleaned his clock.

  7. SusanneToo says:

    I’m sorry Germany, UK, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Japan, …(please add every other country in an up-to-date atlas). Sorry a subset of Americans inflicted this ignorant, vindictive POS on the world. Barring impeachment or resignation or removal by strait jacket, just like melania I’m waiting for him to die. Again, sorry.

    • Macscore says:

      I’m with you totally, SusanneToo!

    • Lolo86lf says:

      Melania is 23 younger than baby fists so she will outlive him by many years. He looks overweight and unhealthy despite the eccentric-looking doctor’s opinion who said Trump is healthy. I do wonder how much Melania would get should cheeto pass away, not much I suppose b/c his children come first.

    • Luca76 says:

      Yes I felt really compelled to apologize to Germany. He was just so disrespectful.
      I mean every public event is an embarrassment but this was particularly galling.

    • JurisGal says:

      SusanneToo, me too. “Also, too.”

    • Sixer says:

      Susanne, the UK is in the middle of unparalleled acts of self harm and ruination of external relationships at the moment, just like the US, so no apologies necessary. In fact, I wouldn’t mind in the least if the Orange Abomination continues to fuck us over in the most obvious of ways. It might knock some badly needed sense into our heads this side of the Pond. If that happened, the Orange Abomination would actually have done us a service!

    • Ama says:

      The Trump administration should (again!) apologize to all women to treat women in this misogynist way. Angele Merkel is my hero!
      One some of the videos, hat were shot at closer range you can see Trump is even shaking his head as a reaction to the jounalists “handshake” calls. Her facial reaction: first she is waiting for a reaction, then is something along the the lines of “oh well, strange, weird bloke”.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLfukuEutIU

    • littlemissnaughty says:

      Don’t apologize, wait until our elections are over and see if we keep our sh*t together.

      I never voted for Merkel. On the world stage, she looks good, that’s true. I am still 100% behind taking in those refugees (let’s see how we handle it in the coming years though) but regarding domestic policy, I just can’t applaud the woman. I realize though that that’s not what people outside of Germany or the EU are judging her on and that’s fine. She is indeed an intelligent and educated woman and a politician with decades of experience. He must’ve sh*t his pants and looked down on her at the same time.

      And I just want to add one small thing. It wasn’t the Trump administration that wiretapped her phone. Just saying. This meeting was terrible and crazy but um, as much as Merkel and Obama respected each other and looked like they were getting along famously, it was during his time in office that she was spied on.

  8. greenmonster says:

    When I saw this clip of Trump refusing to shake Chancellor Merkel’s hand, I was disgusted. Then I went online and saw so many comments of men cheering his behavior on and calling Merkel all kind of disgusting names. Then I cried. We have said this over and over again on this side: Trump made open hatred fashionable again.

    He is such a disgusting POS. He couldn’t hear her or the journalists asking for a handshake – my a$$! I try to re-interpretate the situation: the orange clown with the intelligence of 3 pounds of hay is scared of shaking hands with a strong female leader.

  9. Magdalene says:

    You forgot that he had his daughter sitting next to the leader of the free world, what an insult. What stings the most is that I scan the NYT and washington post website and there is an absence of condemnation for his undiplomatic behavior. The American journalists can’t even ask the difficult questions, it took the German journalists to ask the right questions. The media that cares so much about access are scared to be critical.

    • PunkyMomma says:

      This fried my a$$, too. Can anyone imagine the outcry had Obama seated Melia next to a head of state during an official diplomatic meeting? Who TF is Ivanka anyway — she has no diplomatic credentials or security clearance. She still shills her merchandising line, and the only possible reason I see her there is to slip Daddy Orange his adderall dose.

      It’s beyond embarrassment to me. Chris Matthews called it when he said the Trumps act like the Romanovs.

    • Lightpurple says:

      That infuriated me. That ethically-challenged chunk of plastic is plopping its liposuctioned butt into places where it does not belong and conducting her personal business at the expense of the taxpayers. Lock her up!

    • Kitten says:

      I actually disagree. In fact, Trump’s meeting with Merkel set off a firestorm of negative articles about the current administration. Yesterday morning when browsing the news on Google, I was both struck by and heartened to see what has been the most overwhelmingly negative coverage of Trump’s presidency since he was elected.

      • Magdalene says:

        Go to their websites and see the placement of these stories as opposed to how Hillary’s emails were covered, the sense of outrage is missing. It might be on google but the newspaper of record did not think it deserved the sort of treatment that Hillary’s email received.

    • graymatters says:

      I think the media’s lack of professionalism in general (there have been bright lights amongst the mediocrity and outright dross) over the past decade or two share some of the blame for the clusterf**k that is American politics today.

      And from what I’ve seen of the DM, the same could be true for the UK’s situation as well.

      • Lacia Can says:

        ITA, graymatters. IMO, 24 hour news channels have left us less informed than in the old days when the news came on at 6 & 11. Their need for ratings overrides their responsibility to reliably inform. Look at Maddow’s recent egg laying. She hyped up her tax return news to drive up ratings, when she knew what she had was nothing interesting. She may have even been played by the WH in her haste for audience share.

      • Esmom says:

        The problem is anyone with a keyboard can be considered a journalist these days, which is how Trump got elected in the first place. So much propaganda that passes for actual news. We have Breitbart and Steve Bannon to thank for this unprecedented level of alternate facts that are consumed by people who don’t know better.

        And now the White House press corps includes not only real reporters from respected media outlets but fringe bloggers. It’s a fu^cking travesty.

    • Beth says:

      He must’ve thought it was Bring Daughter To Work Day. I never got to go with my daddy to work.

  10. Shelley says:

    He’s lying about NATO payments. No country pays US. All members pledge 20% of GDP to organization, nothing is paid to US.

    • Macscore says:

      Actually, it’s 2% (not 20% – which would be a massive percentage for defense); and the treaty stipulates that countries *who can afford it* should contribute 2% to their own defense, the goal being to create an alliance of well-defended, liberal democracies to ensure a free and peaceful Europe. At the moment, only about five member countries meet this goal, but you are completely right that NOBODY “owes” anything to the US for NATO membership. Once again Drumpf is revealing his effing pig-ignorance about just about everything. I HATE him – he is a disgrace and an embarrassment.

    • SusanneToo says:

      2%, not 20%. 20 would be a real bite. U.S. currently pays 3+% and several others pay 2+%, most below 2%.

    • Diana says:

      Thank you all for clarifying. I was a bit confused about it all, but then, I often am when Trump opens his gob.

    • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

      But this is deliberate misinformation from Trump and Banon as their pay master (Putin) HATES NATO with a passion. NATO is responsible for keeping Putin and his brand of evil in check, without it he would have already annexed independent countries to rebuild the USSR. Make no mistake Putin wants to restart the cold war/rebuild Russia as a super power and is using the US to make it happen.

      As for the hand shake – he refused to even look at her.

      • Who ARE These People? says:

        Yes exactly. Them, Merkel/Germany represents NATO. Putin needs NATO weakened. This is why Trump started talking trash about NATO relatively early in his campaign. It would be interesting to note the date of his first references to NATO and see if they line up with some of those staff contacts with Russia.

  11. Maya says:

    The impeachment will happen – the question is when? Hopefully within the next few months.

    • PunkyMomma says:

      Not soon enough. My blood pressure can go only so high before I stroke out, and I do want to pop some champagne when these grifters are tossed out on their tanned a$$es.

      • Claudia Remm says:

        Sorry, but your blood pressure made me laugh. When I read his tweet about Germany owing the US a lot of money I was so furious that I feared at some point that if I continue reading about him – or the other “lovely” fellow Erdogan – I would get a stroke. Best is to ignore them.

    • jwoolman says:

      If Senator Feinstein said President Tweeter would be impeached after her confidential meeting with FBI director Comey – she very likely knows something we don’t know yet.

      I’d be happy if he just announced his retirement for whatever face-saving reason his handlers can come up with, and resigned. Then onward to dealing with President Pence (heaven help us).

      • Who ARE These People? says:

        She didn’t say anything like that after that meeting…she didn’t say much at all.

        What she did say was something to the effect of, “He’ll see himself out,” to a gathering of protesters who confronted her outside a fundraiser a day or two later. It might have been in LA, the video was posted by a reporter for the LA Times.

    • KiddVicious says:

      An impeached president can still remain in office. Impeachment is just the first step done by Congress, and I’m not sure a majority of Congress would take that step. The Senate would then have to convict him if impeached. The most we can hope for at this point is that he resigns or dies. But we’ll still be left with his administration, and they’re the ones pulling all the strings.

  12. robyn says:

    Maybe a little deaf, or not, but definitely big time crude and rude. So-called president Trump makes me very suspicious of his every move because he lies and lies so often.

    Is it too far-fetched to think Russia is pulling his strings even now due to blackmail and he was purposely rude to Merkel in person and in his latest Tweets. Perhaps this was done to please Putin who wants to destabilize NATO and the European Union.

    It makes me so incredibly angry that he talks about wanting more money from Germany when Germany took on the Syrian crisis heroically!!!! Germany did their part for humanity during the most difficult of circumstances while the US did virtually nothing to help the battered, bruised and suffering refugees. People who voted for Trump really must get educated about what it means to be human. They must watch some of the videos of real people in crisis. And they must watch reporters in battle fields risking their lives while Trump has the audacity to call them fake news.

    Don’t know why all Americans and particularly Trump supporter coal miners, many get black lung disease and are in desperate need of Obama Care, aren’t disgusted that millions of their tax dollars are going to Trump’s weekend jaunts in Florida. At the same time, he is putting Meals On Wheels and other such good programs on the chopping block. Dumb and dumber.

    • Esmom says:

      “People who voted for Trump really must get educated about what it means to be human.”

      Very well said.

      I also am surprised that his supporters aren’t more outraged or at least mildly concerned about his weekends in FL, especially after Obama was criticized for supposedly taking too much time off (ha). The hypocrisy is mind boggling to me.

      • Beth says:

        When I hear Trump supporters say it’s alright that he goes to Florida all the time because Obama was “always” vacationing in Hawaii , I can’t believe these people can be so dumb! Trying to tell them that in the first month, Trump spent more on traveling than the Obamas did in the first year is pointless. “He’s doing a great job! ” “He’s doing everything America needs”, “Better job than krooked killlary could ever do!” Is what I hear from simpleton Trump lovers

      • Who ARE These People? says:

        They’re not so much dumb as blinded by hate. The fever of hate and prejudice win over facts every time.

      • Snowflake says:

        Yeah, and some are posting, it’s ok, he doesn’t take a salary. But he does!

      • SusanneToo says:

        @Snowflake. I’ve responded to some of them and they DON’T CARE that the salary is $400,000/year and each MAL vaca is $3,000,000 and melania’s protection from his limp d1ck is about $1,000,000/day. The response is, it’s ok because “he’s done so much.” I’ve run that through Google Translator and it comes out, it’s ok “because he’s not Black.”

      • Christin says:

        Apparently the security and travel budgets are unlimited, while the budget proposal cuts funding for all but the super rich and the military.

        My hope is that there will be enough calls for a cap on the travel and security budget (as in security for multiple homes and adult children) for the president, with any excess to be paid by him/her. Demonstrate financial responsibility at the top layer of government.

        People have yapped about presidential travel for at least three administrations, so put a cap on it!

    • Norman Bates' Mother says:

      You call it heroism, but so many people here in Europe hate Merkel for it and I’m sure that’s the lesson Trum learned from the refugee crisis, not one about humanism. She is called all kinds of names and she is blamed for every terrorist attack or attempt of attack, which made her chances of winning next election unlikely and the winning part is all people like Trump care about. He won his own election by spouting hatred and wanting to vilify entire nations, because it works on surprisingly (h)uge amount of people.

      • robyn says:

        That’s exactly why Merkel IS heroic. She had the courage of her convictions and knew very well she’d be vilified by some for what she did. I am hoping against hope she will win in the end and that people will better understand how Germany was on the right side of history during a time of crisis. I don’t want to be Pollyannaish, I know there are risks to what she did (there’s no shortage of risks anywhere) but the way to decrease danger, fear and racism in the long run is through compassion and education.

      • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

        The EU needs Merkel – she’s the only sane one among the EU leaders and is the one keeping it together. If she loses the election, and its likely, then the EU will implode. She is a strong leader and a very able politician who is respected by the international community.

      • Nicole says:

        Agreed if she goes you can kiss the EU goodbye and say hello to nationalism across the globe. The Dutch did their part and now it’s up to France and Germany to do theirs. If they don’t the EU infrastructure will collapse. And lord knows the lasting ramifications from that but probably another global economic crash

      • keshali says:

        No ,Europe will not implode, if she loses the next election. If she loses, the next chancellor will be Martin Schulz, the former president of the European parliament. So he’s someone with very strong bonds in Europe.

      • Elisa the I. says:

        I agree with Keshali: Schulz will do a good enough job if he wins and he is very well connected in the EU. Their parties are currently head to head in the polls.
        And: Merkel is is NOT popular in most EU countries (I have family in Italy and France and people there absolutely loath her).

      • SilverUnicorn says:

        Elisa, Italians are idiots who, exactly as the Brits have done here in UK, like to hate on Merkel and the EU, blaming her because their country has gone rotten.
        They’ve already forgotten Berlusconi and the disastrous beginning we had in Europe. They’ve forgotten they have always had a thing called ‘mafia’ since the 19th century that has penetrated the state at any level.

        I say this as an Italian; Italians are no better than American or British people in terms of being gullible and easy prey to far-right propaganda.
        For intelligent people you must look at the Dutch and generally northern populations.

      • Tina says:

        Oh, please. All countries are easy prey to propaganda. Germany in the 1930s, the UK with Brexit, the US with Trump, Russia with, well, everyone. Being a “northern population” is no guarantee of intelligence.

    • adastraperaspera says:

      Correct. Tr*mp behaved this way on camera with Merkel for the optics. Putin is his master. His #1 job is to disrupt and degrade relations with our allies. He has already sold us all down the river. There is no other explanation for his behavior. This is far more than mere sexism. Call your legislators tomorrow and insist (again) that they get an independent prosecutor in place to expose his ties to Russia.

      I wrote an email to Chancellor Merkel apologizing for his behavior and thanking her for her professionalism:
      https://www.bundeskanzlerin.de/Webs/BKin/EN/Service/Contact/kontaktform_node.html

    • jana says:

      I never understood the Trump voter mentality until I saw Leah Remini’s series on Scientology~how can those people be so naive and ignorant to believe in billion year contracts and consider loved ones and relatives as Suppressive People, thereby cutting them out of their lives completely? Now I get it. Some people can be convinced of absolutely anything, it is a cult mentality.

  13. FlowerGypsy says:

    The woman is capitalizing off of desperate migrants to work low-paying jobs to help Germany’s economy (as the population is dwindling)

    • robyn says:

      Not sure about this rather simplistic view … but all the better if the refugees can do jobs without taking away jobs while finding refuge in a country that in some measure is still trying to redeem itself from its brutal Nazi past. At the same time, the US seems to be heading more and more in the Nazi Nationalistic direction thanks to people like Trump, Bannon, Putin and the very far right.

    • SusanneToo says:

      When I left Germany in 1962 Turkish migrants were being brought to Germany to work low paying jobs. It’s not a new, Merkel thing.

    • Tanguerita says:

      Wow…just wow. what a disgusting and ignorant comment.

    • littlemissnaughty says:

      Just … what? Do you live here? No? Then shut it. Seriously. Germany is in need of up to 1 million qualified workers. We would LOVE it if we could find them somewhere. We don’t need unqualified people, we have those. And don’t make it sound like migrants are keeping our economy running, this isn’t the 1950s. I HATE, I LOATHE this ridiculous idea that the foreigners are taking our jobs and are simultaneously somehow exploited. We should hate them AND the government? It’s a tale as old as humanity. Trust me, if Germans wanted those jobs, they would have them. But they don’t. Just like they didn’t want them when my father, among hundreds of thousands of other guest workers, came here and helped re-build a country that had occupied and completely obliterated his own just years before.

      Merkel has her faults and I don’t support her domestic policies. But don’t act like migrant workers are a new thing she invented.

  14. Beth says:

    Enough with the “fake news” and “wire tapping” sh*t Trump! ! He becomes more pathetic, desperate and embarassing every day.

  15. grabbyhands says:

    Yes, no shock that he was as crass and disrespectful as possible. A bloated, disgusting, poorly aged frat boy trying to prove to all the mouth breathers that voted for him that he ain’t gonna be pushed around by no woman FOREIGNER.

    His whole body language reads “threatened”- he’s massively outgunned in terms of knowledge and he knows it. So he continues to behave like all he has to do is throw out a bunch of bluster and “jokes”.

    While it is protocol that foreign leaders will visit the WH, I can’t help but think that he will hold off on making visits abroad (to anywhere that isn’t Russia) as long as possible because he knows he’s going to get schooled even worse than this and he won’t have Fox News there to play to.

  16. Lightpurple says:

    Angela Merkel is the most powerful woman in the world and probably one of the five most powerful people in the world and that orange stinkbomb treats her like something he scraped off his shoe while practically offering to fellate Putin in public. Meanwhile that evil turd Paul Ryan tweets hourly about how orgasmic he is at the mere thought of depriving millions of people of healthcare instead of doing his job of throwing the stinkbomb out of office.

    I am so embarrassed for our nation. I am so frightened for our nation and the damage this maniac can do in the world.

    and hey, orange stinkbomb, there are no “talented lawyers” on Fox. If they were talented, they wouldn’t be on Fox and NOBODY with a functioning brain considers Fox a source of information so don’t tell ME to watch Fox. But it does make me wonder how much Fox is paying you? Tax returns. NOW

    • Christin says:

      Ryan gave an interview last Thursday in his bright green tie regarding how this was a very brief “window” of opportunity that may never come again.

      He truly is ecstatic to slash health care and then gut Social Security, no doubt. Times a wastin’, and he has a single focus to enact a terrible, poorly thought-out agenda.

  17. JurisGal says:

    My gawd he is so far out of his element. Each and every time he is around a true leader like this ( POTUS O, PM Trudeau) he looks awkward, embarrassed ( which is funny because he seemingly has no shame!!) and uncomfortable. This is like one of those HBO or Showtime satire shows. It would be hilarious absent real consequences. Everything about his body language and appearance is just comical though.

    Nothing is more presidential than addressing issues via Twitter. Honestly, ‘presidenting ‘ via, Twitter…is “unpresidented”.

  18. virginfangirl2 says:

    Trump is such a jerk and has allowed other Americans to show their true colors and be jerks as well, all the while believing it’s OK now to do so. No need to hide your horrible thoughts and behaviors anymore, the president has your back. I am thankful that there are so many who don’t believe as Trump does & appreciate reading the comments disagreeing with his antics. It gives me hope.

    • Lady D says:

      A waiter in a California restaurant asked 4 Hispanic women to prove they were legal citizens before he would wait on them a few days ago. They told the manager who offered them a free meal in a different section. They said no thanks and left. The restaurant is called Saint Marc in Huntington Beach. After a week the waiter was fired and the restaurant offered a VIP dinner and pledged to donate 10% of the week’s profit to a charity of the lady’s choice. They turned down the dinner but asked that the donation go to Orange County Immigrant Youth United. The women also believe they were only asked to confirm status because of the orange one. The article is in WaPo.

      • jwoolman says:

        I know waiters have to ask for ID before serving alcohol, but I don’t think there is any law saying they can’t serve people who are undocumented…. Or did the Orange Maroon slip that one into a recent Executive Order while we were distracted by his claims about wiretapping and getting spied on by his microwave?

        Where in the world did the guy get the idea that this was a legitimate question for anybody? Has someone been saying that on Breitbart or infowars or Fox News?

  19. Scarlett says:

    My only question: why was Ivanka seated right next to Angela Merkel? Or why was she even in that room?

  20. aquarius64 says:

    Trump is such a coward he wouldn’t criticize Germany’s contribution in NATO in Merkel’s face. He waited until she left to go on another early morning Twitter screed.

  21. Eleonor says:

    I think Angela Merkel is missing Silvio Berlusconi righ now….I feel bad for all of you American friends, You took from us the Olympic torch of political silliness and embarassement. I know how you feel :(

  22. Vizia says:

    This morning’s tweet:

    Rogue POTUS Staff‏
    @RoguePOTUSStaff

    Somehow “Deal with it, I’m off this weekend” isn’t a satisfying response coming from the President of the United States.

  23. Indiana Joanna says:

    Baby fists was loud, ignorant, petulant, and a total embarrassment. But he also is looking like he is in the throes of dementia.

    I think the pressure of meeting the leader of the free world Angela Merkel was too much for him. He uses plastic Barbie first daughter as a place card in meeting world leaders because he doesn’t trust any of his advisors or the vice president.

  24. Claudia Remm says:

    Well, I once knew a woman, who was diagnosed with Asperger Autism. She thought that the neurological normal people had x-ray-eyes and could see her for example through the telephone and so on. She accused them of all sorts of things and when proven wrong would never apologise or take back her accusations. In direct contact she was a bit awkward, no eye contact, avoiding physical contact, not able to control her own expressions and not able to read the expression of others. Trump reminds me of her.

    • Esmom says:

      I am very well acquainted with Aspergers and I haven’t seen signs of it in Trump. Some people are just assholes.

      I also think some of the behavior you’re describing sounds like paranoia, which isn’t really common with people on the spectrum, unless they’ve been diagnosed with a comorbid disorder(s).

      • jwoolman says:

        Yes, it doesn’t sound like her big problem was the Asperger’s. I don’t think the paranoia and refusal to admit you’re wrong is part of that syndrome. It does make it really hard to read social cues, though . You can have more than one problem at once.

        Trump acts like a textbook case of malignant narcissism, though, and refusal to admit being wrong seems to be part of that along with relentless lying.

  25. cindyp says:

    He is such an embarrassment, totally incapable of basic civility & manners. I’ll also add that at the roundtable. AM brings reps from Siemens & BMW, lunatic Trump sits her next to crappy, cheap, Chinese made clothing mogul, Ivanka. Just ridiculous.

  26. original kay says:

    I am angered that the WH is saying he didn’t hear her request.

    She shouldn’t have to request it. He should have been attentive, facing towards her, and offered his hand to her.

    I know that she is ok with it all, she’s a pro and his attempts to intimidate her or disparage her position have no effect, but for me, watching that, I am horrified.

  27. SusanneToo says:

    Apparently, trump couldn’t be bothered to hold the “very important” VA meeting, but he could meet with Ira Perlmutter, CEO of Marvel Entertainment at the “Southern White House.”
    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/324655-trumps-major-meeting-on-veterans-affairs-never-happened

  28. gwen says:

    The way Trump smirked when he denied the request for a handshake makes me think that Trump thought that was the greatest rebuke of all time.

  29. Tess says:

    Of course it didn’t go well, Chancellor Merkel is a professional and powerful woman in a “man’s world” with no time for b.s., a regular Janet Reno.
    Meanwhile the only type of palatable power woman he has time for is the Ivanka brand of “business geisha”: long hair, shapely, fashionably feminine, meant to be seen but not heard, unless it’s for decidedly feminine business pursuits such as beauty pageants, fashion/jewelry lines, and defending him to his core.

  30. SusanneToo says:

    Hahahahahahahahahahahaha, gotta stop, getting writer’s cramp.
    http://twitter.com/mattmfm/status/843187579130449920

  31. Nanea says:

    My favorite tweets of the meeting gone wrong:
    https://twitter.com/jk_rowling/status/843013819597312000
    and
    https://twitter.com/yashar/status/842826243967991808
    (with a reminder of W’s unsolicited back rub at a G7 meeting in Germany in the comments)

  32. SusanneToo says:

    This incident follows the one of the guy scaling the WH fences. Do you get the impression the SS is not so much inept as that they just don’t care if someone gets to him?
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4328700/Man-snuck-Secret-Service-Mar-Lago-selfie.html

  33. Anni says:

    I would have paid big money to see Merkel casually take off her jacket mid-press conference to reveal a “Nasty Woman” t-shirt underneath.

  34. HoustonGrl says:

    Just.wow. Cringewortgy is an understatement. This reads like a cartoon except it’s not funny.

  35. Anastasia says:

    There’s a lot to say to all of this, but you know what strikes me? His constant resting bitch face. If a woman were in his position and made that face as much as he did (or even at all!), that would be a major story constantly.

    I just hate every single thing about this cretin.

  36. Monsy says:

    God bless Angela Merkel. An incredibly smart, successful women next to, well, a con man.I felt second hand embarrassment for Drumpf, and honestly i felt sorry for Merkel for having to put up with this..ermm…person.

    She’s the true leader of the free world.

    But i must say something. Even though i don’t think Obama wiredtapped Drumpf, there were belivable reports that Obama wiretapped Merkel. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/10407282/Barack-Obama-approved-tapping-Angela-Merkels-phone-3-years-ago.html

  37. Andrea says:

    Watch Oliver Stone’s the untold history of the US on netflix. It explains why the US is in such a hot mess right now.