Has Angela Merkel had nightmares about Donald Trump becoming chairman?
That was one of the many questions during the German chancellors 90 -minute summer press conference in Berlin on Thursday. In contrast to discursive and considered responses to an array of other queries, her reply on nocturnal reveries was terse.
I can answer that topic with a clear, No, Merkel told reporters, maintaining a straight face as others in the room giggled at the inquiry.
Europes most powerful leader has maintained a disciplined stillnes on the prospect of the billionaire real-estate developer and Republican nominee becoming chairman. The closest she came was in an interview with Bild am Sonntag in March.
I dont know him personally, Merkel told the newspaper, after offering an effusive assessment of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Pressed on Trumps assaults on her refugee policy as insane, she answered: I find no need to respond to him on that.
Still, another reporter at the Thursday briefing tried to draw a response from her. What did she think of Trumps indication he may distinguish Russian President Vladimir Putins annexation of Crimea?
I dont want to wade into the American debate, Merkel answered. Im following it with interest. Ill just wait for the vote result.
Has she changed her opinion on the illegality of the annexation?
No, she said, before rapidly changing the subject.
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