WASHINGTON – President Trump and Chancellor Angela Merkel made no attempt on Friday to hide their disagreements over the future of the Iranian nuclear deal and trade relations between the United States and Europe after a day of meetings in the White House in major disputes achieved. Trump and Mrs. Merkel, who had a cool relationship from the start, diverted the kind of embarrassing confrontations that characterized past encounters. They did everything to compliment each other and to accentuate areas of agreement. But Mr Trump denounced his complaint that trade relations between the United States and Europe were "unfair", and Ms Merkel made it clear that the President had not made the commitment she had set ̵
"We need a reciprocal relationship that we do not have," said Trump, standing next to Mrs. Merkel at a press conference in the ornate East Room of the White House. "The Chancellor and I talked about it in detail today, and we're working on it, and we want to make it fairer, and the Chancellor wants to make it fairer."
Woman. Merkel, who alternately looked as grave and confused as Mr. Trump said, said he had not given her a preview of what he could decide on the tariffs.
"We had an exchange of views on the current status of the negotiations and the corresponding assessments of where we stand," said Mrs. Merkel shortly. "And the decision is up to the president."
She said virtually the same about the nuclear deal with Iran, which she described as imperfect, but as a "mosaic" in dealing with Iran on which to build Britain, France, Germany and the United States
"We will now see what kind of decisions are made by American partners," Merkel said. Trump made no suggestion as to whether he intended to pursue his threat of breaking the deal before the deadline of May 12, and answered a reporter's question as to whether he wished to resort to military force with a vague warning about the Iranian nuclear weakening curb.
"They will not make nuclear weapons," Mr. Trump said. "You can rely on it."
wife. Merkel's subliminal arrival at the White House driveway on Friday for several hours of closed meetings was a sharp contrast to the complicated state visit that Mr. Trump was having in France this week with President Emmanuel Macron. Exuberant formal dinner and opera performance in the White House. Like his German counterpart, Mr. Macron also urged Mr. Trump to stay in the Iranian nuclear program, but their relationship seemed to overshadow their many quarrels.  That was not the case with Mrs. Merkel, and Mr. Trump, who met politely on Friday, but apparently found little in common.
"There was a bit of honey to go with the vinegar this time – more than we have seen in their other discussions." But the vinegar was there too, "said Jeffrey Rathke, senior scientist and deputy director of the Europe Program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. "They seemed to have agreed to get along, but without making any real progress on the big issues."
Mr. Trump congratulated Mrs. Merkel on her recent election victory and praised her Leadership by putting pressure on North Korea to hold discussions about the dismantling of its nuclear program, as well as unfair trade disparities between the United States and Germany, with particular emphasis on a $ 50 billion trade deficit in auto parts, and once again on its own frequent complaint that Germany does not contribute enough financially to NATO.
"Other countries sol I'll pay more, and I will not say Germany alone, "said Trump. "NATO is wonderful, but it helps Europe more than it helps us, and why do we pay most of the costs?"
The President vaguely referred to the goal set by the alliance that each member spends at least 2 percent of his gross domestic product each year for his own defense. Germany is one of the countries that does not reach this goal. Merkel dismissed at times, pointing out that German automakers in the United States are also producing cars that are being exported elsewhere and creating American jobs.
"Sometimes we can look at problems differently, but generally based on friendship, partnership," Merkel said.
Despite their disagreements, Mr. Trump politely welcomed Mrs. Merkel, in the hours before her meeting,  he tweeted that he was looking forward to her visit and kissed both her cheeks as she entered the entrance West Wing got out of her limousine.
"We have a really great relationship," Mr. Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, who sat next to Mrs. Merkel a few moments before news cameras before meeting privately. "We had a great relationship from the beginning, but some people did not understand that."
They shook their hands twice, avoiding the awkward image that took place last year when Mrs. Merkel sat in the office during her first visit to the White House trump era when she reached out her hand and the president did not hold on to them and the two seemed openly opposed at a tense press conference.
"It was better than last year," Christoph von Marschall, a fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, said about the visit on Friday. "Merkel is never the person with whom you can have a brimance, a delicate relationship, but the body language was friendlier."
Dr. von Marschall said that Mr. Macron's approach to "becoming Trump's best friend in Europe" and Mrs. Merkel's distance from distance could have led to a stark contrast, but apparently did not lead to other results.
Mr. Trump "puts pressure on his partners by not saying which side he's on," he said. "There were two different strategies, but the same result."