17 Mar 2017 – Trump mistakenly calls the United States a company, and ignores German chancellor Merkel’s and press’s request for handshake

President Donald Trump mistakenly called the United States a company in a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Friday. The visit came as Merkel and other worlds leaders were calling on Trump to uphold the U.S.’ free trade deals.

Asked about his isolationism by a German reporter, Trump said, “The United States has been treated very, very unfairly by many countries over the years and that’s going to stop.”

“We’re a very powerful company—country,” Trump added, apparently catching his mistake. “We’re a very strong, very strong country, we’ll soon be at a level perhaps we’ve never been before. Our military is going to be strengthened, it’s been depleted. But I am a trader, I am a free trader, I am a trader that wants to see good for everybody worldwide. But I am not an isolationist but any stretch of the imagination.”



For comparison: Trump’s 19 second handshake with Prime Minister Abe from Japan