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Trump issues unrelenting warning to Merkel on NATO day after ‘GREAT’ meeting

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Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump hold a
corner news discussion in the East Room of the White House in
Washington, U.S., Mar 17, 2017.

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Donald Trump pronounced on Saturday that he had a “great”
assembly with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House
on Friday despite media reports to the contrary, and reiterated
that Germany owes “vast sums” of income to NATO.

“Despite what you have listened from the FAKE NEWS, we had a GREAT
assembly with German Chancellor Angela Merkel…,” Trump tweeted
on Saturday morning. “Nevertheless, Germany owes vast
sums of income to NATO the United States must be paid more
for the powerful, and very expensive, invulnerability it provides to

The two leaders discussed NATO, with Trump underscoring the
need for Germany to minister a aloft commission of their GDP
to the cost of defense. Though Trump had criticized NATO on the
campaign trail, he reiterated his support for the a covenant at a
press discussion following the meeting, revelation reporters that he
isn’t an “isolationist.”

NATO members are ostensible to minister 2% of GDP to the
treaty, yet Germany
only contributes 1.2%
. The US, on the other hand, contributes
3.6% — almost double the requirement. Trump, like Obama before
him — who pronounced that he was “aggravated” by “free riders” in
2016 talk with The Atlantic
— has demanded that NATO
compensate their satisfactory share

Trump and Merkel also discussed trade, with Trump telling
reporters that German negotiators have finished “a distant better job”
than negotiators for the US. However, the
US enters trade agreements with the European Union as a
, rather than bilaterally with Germany

The two leaders displayed an at-times ungainly demeanor
toward any other. In one rarely publicized moment, Trump
seemed to impugn Merkel’s try at a handshake, yet it’s
not transparent if he listened her request

Merkel was at the White House on Friday to, in part, mend
family with Trump, who frequently criticized Merkel during the
2016 campaign. Trump accused
Merkel of “ruining Germany”
 for permitting thousands of
Syrian and other refugees into the country.

Here are the tweets:



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