A day after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday, President Trump claimed via tweet that Germany owed “vast sums of money” to NATO and the US. According to NATO’s guidelines, each member nation is expected to spend at least 2% of their country’s GDP on defense. The alliance does not require or stipulate payment to the US. When the President was asked if the US would provide military defense to Baltic countries if Russia were to attack, Mr. Trump said “If they fulfill their obligations to us, the answer is yes.”
German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen stated that tying the 2% requirement solely to NATO spending is wrong. She also stated that Germany is planning to achieve the 2% of GDP defense spending goal by the middle of the next decade.
Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Nevertheless, Germany owes.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2017
...vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2017