The bill has been backdated to 2002, the year Gerhard Schröder, Chancellor Merkel's predecessor, announced he would spend more on defense.
A calculation by The Times of London suggests backdating the bill brings the total to $312 billion––and that's only for the shortfall in spending.
The bill would also include about $62 billion in interest.
The move followed a highly contentious meeting in which the president refused to shake the chancellor's hand.
He had something to say about that, too.
Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Nevertheless, Germany owes.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2017