Spicer: Trump didn’t hear Merkel’s handshake request
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White House press secretary Sean Spicer defended President TrumpDonald John TrumpCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Outgoing inspector general says Trump fired him for carrying out his 'legal obligations' Trump hits Illinois governor after criticism: 'I hear him complaining all the time' MORE’s failure to shake German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hand on Friday.

Spicer told Germany’s Der Spiegel that Friday’s incident was a misunderstanding.

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"I do not believe he heard the question," Spicer told the paper.

The press was gathered in the Oval Office Friday to take photos and video of the two world leaders meeting.

Merkel could be heard leaning toward Trump and asking, "Do you want to have a handshake?"

Trump did not shake Merkel's hand, leading some on social media to characterize the action as a rejection of Merkel's request.

Trump did shake hands with her when they first entered the White House.