President Donald Trump with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Friday, 17 March 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
BERLIN – Germany has rejected President Donald Trump’s claim that the country owes the NATO large amounts of money for underspending in the defence.
Trump tweeted on Saturday that “Germany owes huge sums of money on NATO and the United States should be paid more for the powerful and very expensive, defense offers to Germany!”
His comments came a day after his first meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who he described as “awesome.”
The berlin defence budget, is a long way below the NATO target of 2 percent of gross domestic product.
The German Defence Minister, Ursula von der Leyen said on Sunday that “there is no debtor’s account to the NATO,” adding: “bind 2 percent of the defence expenditure, that we want to achieve in the middle of the next decade, only the NATO is wrong.”