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Merkel Seeks Good Ties With Trump, Despite Key Disagreements

Germany's chancellor added that an expansion of Germany's contribution in the fight against extremist groups "isn't up for debate"

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    President Donald Trump doubled down on claims of being wiretapped by the Obama Administration despite FBI and Senate statements to the contrary, drawing parallels between himself and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a joint press conference on Friday. "At least we have something in common," he quipped. (Published Friday, March 17, 2017)

    Chancellor Angela Merkel says it's in Germany's interest to have good relations with the United States, despite disagreeing with President Donald Trump on important issues.

    Merkel told Germany's Funke media group in an interview published Thursday that conversations with Trump during her visit to Washington and in subsequent phone calls had been "good."

    She added "this naturally doesn't rule out that we have different opinions on some points, including on important questions."

    Merkel acknowledged that military action against the Islamic State group was necessary, but said only a political solution would bring about lasting peace in Syria and Iraq. She said an expansion of Germany's contribution in the fight against extremist groups "isn't up for debate."

    Attack Kills 13, Police Kill 5 Suspects in Spain: Officials

    [NATL] 13 Killed in Car Attack in Barcelona; 5 Suspects Killed in Cambrils: Officials

    A white van jumped the sidewalk in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas district on Aug. 17, 2017. Police say 13 people have been killed and more than 100 injured in this terrorist attack. The area is one of the city’s top tourist destinations. Later, police shot and killed five terror suspects in Cambrils, Spain, in a separate incident.

    (Published Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017)