Trump expresses 'strong support' for NATO, presses Merkel on paying dues

Trump expresses 'strong support' for NATO, presses Merkel on paying dues

US President Donald Trump pressed German Chancellor Angela Merkel "hard" on North Atlantic Treaty Organization commitments during their meeting Friday, a senior administration official said, CNBC reports.

"I reiterated to Chancellor Merkel our strong support for NATO, as well as the need for our NATO allies to pay their fair share for the cost of defense," Trump said at a joint White House press conference following the meeting.

Merkel said she was "gratified to know" how "important" Trump feels NATO is.

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