President Obama Apologizes to French and German Leaders Over Surveillance Concerns

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After German Chancellor Angela Merkel received intelligence from her government that her phone was under surveillance, President Obama had an uncomfortable phone call to make. He called Chancellor Merkel and reassured her that her phone was not being tapped.

That conversation came just a few days after he had to offer similar reassurances to French President François Hollande when the newspaper Le Monde reported that the communications of French citizens were under U.S. surveillance.

David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for our partner The New York Times, joins The Takeaway to discuss this latest diplomatic riff.