March 22, 2019 / 10:53 PM / a month ago

Trump, Germany's Merkel discuss trade, NATO funding, Brexit

U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend a meeting during the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez

PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump spoke by phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday to discuss a range of issues including trade and NATO funding, the White House and a senior administration official said.

The phone call took place shortly after Trump began a weekend at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida.

A White House statement said the conversation covered issues including trade, the Brexit debate in Britain, and upcoming meetings. A senior administration official said the conversation also covered funding for the NATO alliance.

Trump has long complained that Germany needs to pay more for the common defense in Europe.

Reporting by Roberta Rampton in Palm Beach, Florida; Additional reporting by Steve Holland in Washington; Editing by Leslie Adler

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