By Francesca Chambers, White House Correspondent For Dailymail.com and Geoff Earle, Deputy U.s. Political Editor For Dailymail.com and Associated Press
resident Donald Trump gave German Chancellor Angela Merkel had his chilliest summit yet with a foreign leader since taking over the White House.
Talks began with a warm welcome outside the West Wing, but turned cold as Trump and Merkel disagreed publicly on almost every major international issue.
Trump opened up a joint news conference with a slap at Merkel over her refugee policies, saying that 'immigration is a privilege, not a right' and his first priority is to keep the country safe and a push for her country to live up to its NATO funding commitment.
Merkel told him that it has always been her belief that it is better to 'talk to one another and not about one another' - a reference to the many disparaging statements that Trump made on the campaign trail about her leadership.
As the press conference came to a close, Trump told Merkel that they had at least one thing in common, they were both wiretapped by the previous administration.
The German chancellor did not react, standing stoically at a podium to Trump's right as the shocking statement was translated.
Trump had previously accused Merkel of 'ruining Germany' for allowing an influx of refugees from Syria into her country during his presidential campaign.
As the two sat down for their first face-to-face meeting since his election, Trump called it a 'great honor' to meet her.
Helping to break the ice at a joint meeting with business executives was Germany's support for apprenticeship programs, something Trump, the former 'Apprentice' star, couldn't help but point out.
'Both Germany and the United States are pioneering job-training programs,' Trump said. Here in the United States, companies have created revolutionary high-tech and online courses and, of course, for decades Germany has been a model for highly successful apprenticeship – that's a name I like, apprentice – apprenticeship programs,' Trump said.
Trump was seated between Merkel and IBM's CEO Ginni Rometty. Execs from BMW, Siemens, and other companies also were there – as was daughter Ivanka Trump.