After it was delayed because of the snowstorm earlier in the week, President Trump finally met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday.

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President Trump pressed German Chancellor Angela Merkel "hard" on NATO dues during the leaders' Oval Office meeting on Friday, Fox News is told - a point the U.S. president underscored during their joint press conference minutes later.

"Many nations owe vast sums of money from past years, and it is very unfair to the United States," Trump said at the press conference, discussing the need for NATO allies to pay "their fair share" for defense. "These nations must pay what they owe."

He then thanked Merkel, who was standing beside him, for Germany's apparent commitment to increase defense spending and work toward contributing 2 percent of GDP to NATO.

According to a source with direct knowledge of the meeting, the comments came after Trump privately pressed Merkel during their discussion to increase NATO spending.  While NATO already has asked members to invest 2 percent of their GDP, Germany has fallen under that line.

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