Trump Tweets Germany Owes ‘Vast Sums Of Money To NATO’

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March 18, 2017 10:36 a.m.

In tweets published on Saturday morning, President Donald Trump insisted that he had a productive meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. But then he said that Germany owes money to NATO.

Since the campaign, Trump has complained that other NATO members do not pay their fair share. NATO countries are asked to contribute 2 percent of their GDP to the alliance’s defense spending. Germany pays about 1.2 percent of its GDP, while the U.S. pays more than 3 percent of its GDP.

During their meetings on Friday, Trump reportedly pushed Merkel on NATO defense spending.

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