President Donald Trump refused to shake Chancellor Merkel’s hand during their meeting at the White House today.
Trump has heavily criticised Merkel in the past, saying she’s “destroying Europe” with her pro-refugee immigration policy.
Chancellor Merkel was Obama’s ‘closest ally’, according to the former President. The German leader took a restrained approach following Trump’s shock victory which was most noticeable in her statement calling for a ‘defence of Western values’.
The two world leaders were expected to move past the tensions and discuss their future relationship today, but Trump appeared to avoid shaking Merkel’s hand when asked by photographers.