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Trump tweets Angela Merkel to pay ‘vast sums’ owed to NATO

March 20, 2017 at 6:42 am 5 News
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President Trump lashed out at Germany yesterday for owing “vast sums of money” to NATO and claimed the 28-member military alliance needs to pay the U.S. for protection less than a day after sitting down with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

In a tweet posted yesterday morning, Trump asserted that despite what Americans may be hearing “from the FAKE NEWS,” his sit-down with Merkel was a “great meeting” before accusing the nation of owing “vast sums of money to NATO.” His two-part Twitter post ended with: “The United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!”

Only five of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s 28 member countries meet the alliance’s defense spending goal: the U.S., the U.K., Greece, Poland and Estonia.

In 2014, NATO committed to having each nation spend 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense by 2024 — a timeline set in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Crimea and one that Merkel reaffirmed this week in Washington, D.C. Germany currently spends 1.23 percent of its GDP on defense.

Former U.S. Ambassador for NATO Ivo Daalder was quick to point out that Trump isn’t the first U.S. president to call on our European allies to up their defense spending.

“The essential point is, yes, Europe needs to pay more.” Daalder told the Herald, though he said there’s no zero-sum ledger that shows Germany or any other nation owes the United States for its military might.

“This entire idea that our defense spending somehow is for others, as opposed to for ourselves, is wrong,” he said. “We are spending on defense because we think it’s important to defend the things we’re defending, including Europe. It’s not a favor we do.”

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  1. baitfish March 20, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Germanistan no longer requires defense. It is already lost.

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      ltuser March 20, 2017 at 4:52 pm

      It certainly looks that way, which imo is IN KEEPING with how the one world government wants things… If they can make Germany fall, to their one world order, then they can set their sights on other countries!

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  2. ToddLoop March 20, 2017 at 11:40 am

    “This entire idea that our defense spending somehow is for others, as opposed to for ourselves, is wrong,” he said. “We are spending on defense because we think it’s important to defend the things we’re defending, including Europe. It’s not a favor we do.”

    A favor? REALLY? is that German for commitment

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    • klyneal March 21, 2017 at 7:12 am

      I got news for daalder. Neither he nor Europe is ENTITLED to the largesse of U.S. protection. He and Europe need to be grateful that the U.S. has stepped up to the plate and carries the main load. The U.S. doesn’t ‘have” to do the “right thing.”

      In other words, while we are protecting our interests, we are STILL doing Europe a favor by carrying their share. If they aren’t paying what they agreed to pay, they are letting the U.S. carry the load. Period.

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  3. 440volt March 20, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Considering that Germany was the instigator of two world wars, our troops in country are there as much to oppose the Russian threat, but also to prevent a Fourth Reich from being formed and leading the world into war a third time. This time might be far worse for civilization, given the number of nuclear powers.
    Otherwise, withdrawal of ALL US forces from Germany would be the logical move.

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