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.
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:
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.