Trump Agrees With Merkel on 'Importance' of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in First Phone Call

Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a Security Council meeting in Moscow Russia Friday Jan. 27 2017. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev sits at fifth left

Finally, both leaders warned that the threats to Europe are not only external, since there must be awareness of the risk posed to the so-called old continent the signs of populism and extremism by its own politicians, they concluded.

Hollande said: 'To be very honest, what threatens Europe doesn't only come from outside.

There has been mounting tension already between President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has been critical of his trade policy. It is also from inside.

She stressed that these challenges would be faced by a "common commitment to the European Union".

"To be honest, there are challenges from the new U.S. administration; challenges regarding rules of commerce, regarding the way we think conflicts across the world should be solved", Hollande said.

'So we of course have to talk to Donald Trump since he was chosen by the Americans to be their president.




"But we also have to do so with a European conviction and the promotion of our interests and our values".

Merkel echoed his concerns, saying that "Europe faces big internal and external challenges which we. can only master by working together".

While President Trump's travel bans made headlines, the president himself spent the day on the phone with five world leaders, including Vladimir Putin, USA Today reports.

A prime example is the executive order putting an indefinite halt to the Syrian refugee program, along with a four-month suspension of all refugees being admitted to the U.S. That order is sure to cause rifts in the relationship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country has borne the brunt of the refugee crisis in the Middle East.

Trump has unsettled his traditional European allies with a range of radical policy plans, from calling North Atlantic Treaty Organisation "obsolete" to announcing he would rip up a planned transatlantic trade plan.

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