I Liked Merkel, Didn’t Ignore Handshake: Trump on Awkward Photo-Op

US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he had a good meeting with the German leader Angela Merkel, but “the press doesn’t get it”, reported CNN .

I shook hands about five times and then we were sitting in two seats... and I guess a reporter said ‘shake her hand.’ I didn’t hear it. I had a great meeting with her, I really liked her. She said the same thing to me, we had a great meeting and the press doesn’t get it.

In March, when Trump met Merkel at the White House and both leaders sat for the photo opportunity in front of TV cameras, Trump, who is known to be enthusiastic with his greeting, had snubbed Merkel’s request for a handshake.

This is what the awkward interaction at the Oval Office looked like:

Trump spent a good part of 2016 bashing the chancellor, accusing her of "ruining" Germany for allowing an influx of refugees into Germany.

The meeting between the leader of Europe's largest economy and the US president was billed as one that could help determine the future of the transatlantic alliance and shape their working relationship.

Also Read: Trump Snubs Angela Merkel, Ignores Request to Shake Hands