Trump defends meeting with Merkel against 'FAKE NEWS' reports

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President Donald Trump defended his recent meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a Saturday morning Twitter storm.

"Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel," tweeted Trump at 9:23 am.

RELATED: Trump and Merkel don't shake hands during awkward interaction in Oval Office

The president was seemingly responding to multiple critical reports that emerged following the first meeting between the two world leaders.

See Trump and Merkel's body language during their meeting:

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U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledges members of his cabinet, including Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (from 4th R), Senior Advisor Steve Bannon, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Vice President Mike Pence, as they arrive to meet with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel wait for reporters to enter the room before their meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel watch as reporters enter the room before their meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks while Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, left, listens during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, March 17, 2017. Merkel, who is running for a fourth term in Germanys election in September, plans to explain her view of the mutual advantages of free trade during her talks with Trump on Friday, according to German officials. Photographers: Pat Benic/Pool via Bloomberg
US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on March 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrive to speak at a joint news conference at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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U.S. President Donald Trump and Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, smile for photographs as she arrives to the West Wing of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, March 17, 2017. Trumps first meeting with Merkel will test the power dynamic between the Wests two pre-eminent leaders, one struggling for credibility on the world stage while the other fights for political survival at home. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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Media outlets described the conference as "awkward," with many pointing out that Merkel and Trump did not shake hands during in front of photographers in the Oval Office, even after the German chancellor appeared to asked the president if he wanted to.

Trump also made headlines for his joking response to a German reporter's question about his wiretapping claims against the Obama administration, that have not yet been substantiated.

"At least we have something in common, perhaps," Trump joked in response, referring to a secret surveillance program revealed by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

Another German reporter challenged Trump during the joint press conference, asking him about his references to "fake news."

"Why are you scared of diversity in the news and in the media? That you speak so often of fake news," the reporter asked. He rebuked the question.

Trump also doubled down on his talking point that Germany owes money to NATO during his Saturday morning tweets saying "vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!"

The president is spending the weekend at Mar-a-Lago, which Trump originally named the Winter White House, and now more recently the Southern White House.

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