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White House denies report that Trump handed Merkel a bill for NATO services

President Donald Trumpreportedly gave German Chancellor Angela Merkel a bill for around £300 billion ($374 billion) for the cash her nation “owed” Nato for safeguarding it, a report said on Sunday, a claim that was straight rejected by the White House.

The Times, a U.K.- based distribution, refered to anonymous sources that asserted Trump gave Merkel a bill for the U.S’s. administrations to the partnership when the two met as of late in Washington. Trump has rebuked a few nations in the partnership, including Germany, for not spending enough on safeguard, driving the U.S. to bear the vast majority of the money related and strategic weight.

Nonetheless, Michael Short, a White House representative disclosed to CNBC that the report was “false.”

‘As indicated by The Times, a German priest depicted the move made by Trump as “ridiculous” and said that Merkel “won’t react to such incitements”.

“The president has an exceptionally strange view on Nato resistance spending,” another source told the distribution. “The collusion is not a club with a participation expense. The duties identify with nations’ interest with all due respect spending plans.”

Trump has minced no words about the trans-Atlantic collusion, and has not been timid in denouncing Europe’s biggest economy about satisfying its commitments to NATO. A day in the wake of meeting with the German chancellor, the president guaranteed by means of Twitter that Germany owed “immeasurable entireties of cash” to the collusion.

In a January talk with, Trump disclosed to Germany’s Bild daily paper that the partnership was “out of date.” The comment stirred worry in European capitals that the new American president would relinquish the support of the West’s post-war guard pose.

The president has encouraged NATO nations to adhere to a pledge made in 2014 to contribute 2 percent of their (GDP) in safeguard. In any case, just the U.S., Britain, Estonia, Greece and Poland right now meet that benchmark.

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