President Trump Says the U.S. ‘Must Be Paid More’ to Defend Germany

Source: Time

(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump said Saturday that Germany owes “vast sums of money” to NATO and the U.S. “must be paid more” for providing defense, reiterating his stance that European allies need to meet their end of the bargain if they are to continue benefiting from the military alliance.

Trump’s tweet from his Florida resort, where he is spending the weekend, came the day after his first meeting with Germany’s leader.

“Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel,” the president wrote. “Nevertheless, 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!”

Trump and Merkel tried to sidestep their differences in their meeting at the White House on Friday, but it was punctuated by some awkward moments.

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  1. Poor Merkel. She should have refused to meet the guy actually. – When I was invited to speak at the US Senate regarding Iraqi refugees (in 2006 I think it was) I soon noticed that in fact they did not want to listen to me giving them information, but to themselves. A representative of the Republicans stated that ‘I have been to Dubai and seen how rich the Arabs are. The Arabs should pay all our costs of our army in Iraq’ (etc.etc.etc.) Well, they did get and are getting billions from the Saudis and Emiratis for weapons to destabilize the region … May Allah have mercy on the Arabs who are taking part in all that…

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