President Donald Trump shakes hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a joint news conference at the East Room of the White House April 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel portrayed a functional — if not exactly chummy — relationship on Friday, just days after the U.S. leader’s effusive visit with his French counterpart.
Flanked by the German leader, Trump again issued a new warning to Senate Veterans Affairs ranking member Jon Tester, D-Mont., for publicly disclosing allegations against Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson that led the president’s military doctor to withdraw his nomination to run the veterans-focused agency. Jackson did so amid allegations of being intoxicated on the job (even allegedly crashing a government vehicle), fostering a hostile work environment and handing out prescription drugs too freely.