U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell, said Germany’s defence spending target.
The United States bristles at the suggestion that Germany may miss its own defense spending target, which is already short of the NATO goal, and comments by officials, including the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell.
The NATO countries have committed themselves to spending 2 percent of GDP for the defense and the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, the government had promised to increase spending to 1.5 percent by the year 2024. Last year, at the NATO summit in Brussels, Trump Germany criticized the contribution to the NATO and Merkel that the European country is that the organization’s “second-largest provider of troops”, The Guardian.
Finance Minister, Olaf Scholz, budget plan, presented to the nation the Cabinet on Wednesday predicted Germany’s defense expenditure is set to rise to 1.37 percent of the national income in 2020, but decline to 1.25 by 2023, according to the Reuters news Agency that checked, a copy of the proposal.
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After the news of Germany’s expected contribution to NATO, U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell, said, “the NATO-members clearly pledged not to move back, away from 2 percent up to the year 2024. That the German government would even consider the reduction of the already unreasonable commitments to military readiness is a worrying sign for Germany’s 28 NATO allies.”
After his comments, Wolfgang Kubicki, Deputy Chairman of the left-of-center Free Democrats (FDP), said foreign Minister Heiko mass of the Ambassador “persona non grata” should explain Grenell said interfered in the country’s sovereign Affairs.
“Every American diplomat who acts as a high Commissioner of the occupation, the power of learning, our tolerance also has its limits,” Kubicki said knows, according to Deutsche Welle.
It is a further meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on Thursday are expected to address the defense spending budget. Merkel said her government “could still be reported, the 1.5-percent target households on the street beat,” The New York Times.
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Criticism of Grenell comes just a few weeks after he to Berlin to scrap Nord Stream-2″, a gas pipeline laid to supply on the Baltic sea, the gas from Russia to Germany, and he threatened the companies involved in the project with sanctions,” Deutsche Welle reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.