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Germany owes NATO 'vast sums': Trump

AFP  |  Washington 

US President Donald Trump today accused of owing "vast sums of money" to NATO, and said should pay more for defense, a day after meeting Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The two leaders showed little common ground Friday over a host of thorny issues, including and defense spending.


Today, Trump tweeted: "owes vast sums of money to & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!"

During their joint conference yesterday, Trump -- who has criticized as "obsolete" -- demanded that America's allies in the military alliance pay back "vast sums of money from past years."

Merkel said had committed to increasing its military spending to the previously agreed level of two percent of for NATO's European members.

Trump set the tone for his relations with Merkel during his campaign last year, saying her decision to allow refugees into was a "catastrophic mistake" and suggested she was "ruining "

He also lashed out at the media on Saturday. "Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS," he tweeted, "I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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