As U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House, spending on NATO remains a hot topic of discussion for the two leaders. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Donald Trump welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House on Friday for a meeting that could help determine the future of the transatlantic alliance and shape the working relationship between two of the world's most powerful leaders. The new U.S. president greeted the long-serving stateswoman at the White House with a handshake upon her arrival before they began talks in the Oval Office. Both leaders described their meeting in brief remarks to reporters as having been very good. The leader of Europe's largest economy and the U.S. president discussed funding for NATO and relations with Russia in their first meeting since Trump took office in January. Merkel, who officials say has prepared carefully for the encounter, is likely to press Trump for assurances of support for a strong European Union. Trump, who as a presidential candidate criticized Merkel for allowing hundreds of thousands of refugees into Germany, will seek her support for his demand that North Atlantic Treaty Organization nations pay more for their defense needs.