Then during the press conference, Trump repeated his allegations that President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones and her phone, adding that —"at least we have that in common," he told Merkel.
He also called a German newspaper "fake news" after a reporter asked him a question.
He avoided looking at the German chancellor most of the time.
Merkel, who has advocated welcoming and resettling refugees even as other European countries have closed their borders to asylum seekers, tried to appeal to Trump for more humane immigration policies but Trump literally dodged her appeal.
Twitter users didn't miss the awkward moments and expressed their embarrassment. Watch the video and read some of the tweets below:
Photographers: Can we get a handshake?
Merkel (to Trump): Do you want to have a handshake?
Trump: *no response*
Merkel: *makes awkward face* pic.twitter.com/ehgpCnWPg7— David Mack (@davidmackau) March 17, 2017