US President Donald Trump claimed that German news agency reporter Kristina Dunz was interested in "fake news" when she asked him about isolationist policies. In her report, Dunz later wrote, "It is no longer a custom in the White House that hard, uncomfortable questions receive factual answers."
The president also used a question from "Die Welt" journalist Ansgar Graw about his statements on Twitter to joke that he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel "had something in common, perhaps," in that their phones were tapped. The president did not mention that proof of the National Security Agency listening in on Merkel's phone existed. Trump also failed to provide evidence backing up his bombshell claim that former President Barack Obama had wiretapped his communications.
Those were two of the tough questions Trump faced during the press conference Friday with Merkel that led US journalists who cover the White House to praise the tenacity of their German colleagues.
Politico reporter Tara Palmeri admitted her German colleagues posed more substantial questions.
The straightforward line of questioning visibly put off Trump, according to Goff.