Angela Merkel's Trump side-eye goes viralby Richard Bailey 20/03/2017 11:52:00 0 comments 1 Views
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel looked incredulous on Friday when President Trump claimed that former President Obama wiretapped them both
- Photos and video of Merkel's side-eye have since gone viral
- One Instagram user made a meme about the look, writing 'That moment when you realize you are now the leader of the Western World!'
By Ashley Collman For Dailymail.com
Published: 11:23 EDT, 20 March 2017 | Updated: 11:52 EDT, 20 March 2017
Angela Merkel's meeting with President Trump last week provided an especially awkward moment that has since been turned into a meme.
The German chancellor gave the president some serious side-eye when he suggested that they had something in common because they had both been wire-tapped by President Obama.
'As far as wiretapping, I guess – by this past administration – at least we have something in common, perhaps,' Trump said to Merkel at Friday's presser.
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Angela Merkel's side-eye to President Trump has been turned into a meme that's going viral
While the NSA did bug Merkel's phones, Trump's claims that he was wire-tapped during the campaign have been so-far unfounded.
Merkel struggled to contain her skepticism when Trump uttered the statement on Friday, looking at him incredulously in a moment that has since gone viral.
One Instagram user captioned a picture of Merkel: 'That moment when you realize you are now the leader of the Western World.'
'Angela Merkel is every smart woman who's ever had to treat a moronic man as an equal,' another user wrote.
Trump was referring to a long-term effort by the NSA to bug Merkel's phones, going back as early as 2002 - before she was even elected chancellor.
President Obama was reportedly informed about the operation n 2010, and let it continue. But the White House assured the German chancellor in 2013 that Mr Obama knew nothing about it and that the monitoring had stopped.
Mr Trump also recently claimed that he had been bugged by Mr Obama while he was running for president.
He heard of those claims while watching Fox News, and they have not been verified by the intelligence community.
On Monday, FBI Director James Comey testified before Congress that his department has found no evidence to support the president's claims.