WASHINGTON — President Trump complained about the media — and Germany — in a pair of Saturday morning tweets blasted out less than 24 hours after his first meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Trump attacked the media's coverage of his tete-a-tete with Merkel, which some reports portrayed as awkward and frosty.
“Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel,” Trump tweeted shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday.
But Trump quickly pivoted from that message to a jab at Germany — reprising his gripe that Germany owes “vast sums” to NATO and demanding the U.S. be paid for its “very expensive” defense of the European ally.
Trump has often called on Germany and other NATO countries to contribute more to that military alliance, which he has also dismissed as "obsolete" in the current fight against terrorism.
At a joint news conference on Friday with Trump, Merkel said Germany is increasing its contributions to NATO, and she said that alliance is vital to security missions across the globe.