BERLIN, GERMANY - MARCH 27: German Chancellor and Chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats (CDU) Angela Merkel speaks to the media at CDU headquarters the day after state elections in Saarland gave the CDU a clear victory on March 27, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. Polls had predicted a neck-and-neck race against the Social Democrats (SPD), though the end result gave the CDU a 10-point lead in what is also fresh wind in Merkel's bid for another term as chancellor in national elections scheduled for September. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

A spokesman for the German government on Monday denied media reports that U.S. President Donald Trump handed a multibillion-euro invoice to Chancellor Angela Merkel when they met in Washington earlier this month.
“Reports that President Trump had presented the federal chancellor with a kind of bill with a concrete billion sum are not true,” spokesman Steffen Seibert said at a press conference.
According to a report in the Sunday Times, Trump handed Merkel a bill of more than $300 billion for money Germany supposedly owed to NATO. The gesture was “outrageous,” the paper quoted an unnamed German minister as saying.
After his meeting with Merkel in mid-March, Trump said on Twitter that Germany owed “vast sums of money” to NATO and the U.S. and it “must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!”
Seibert said Merkel and Trump had discussed defense expenditure during their meeting, but there was no “debt account at NATO.”
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