Saturday, March 18, 2017

Donald Trump Says Germany Owes 'Vast Sums of Money' to Nato and the US

THE TELEGRAPH: Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to demand that Germany "pay more" to the United States for its defense, only hours after meeting with Angela Merkel.

Mr Trump and the German Chancellor sat down together in The Oval Office for the first time yesterday and included discussions of America's terms for its continued commitment to Nato.

Mrs Merkel told the president she believed Germany must work to pay its fair share to be in the alliance – a key demand by Mr Trump, who has repeatedly said he believes America is bearing the brunt of the costs.

But Mr Trump appeared unconvinced by these assurances on Saturday morning, when he tweeted from Mar-a-Lago, his Florida redoubt, that "Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!" » | Ruth Sherlock, Washington | Saturday, March 18, 2017