Germany trades barbs with Donald Trump on defence after Angela Merkel meeting
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 5:13
Trump tweeted Saturday that "Germany owes vast sums of money to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!".
Germany and the US traded barbs over the weekend about defence spending following an awkward first meeting between US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation says that its members should pay at least 2 percent of their gross domestic product (GDP) each year on defense.
"During our meeting, I thanked Chancellor Merkel for the German government's commitment to increase defense spending and work toward contributing at least 2% of GDP". Trump was critical of her handling of the Syrian refugee crisis in her country and Merkel has been highly critical of his proposed ban on immigrant travel to the USA for those coming from six mostly Muslim nations.
Republicans in Congress also said Trump should retract his claims.
Trump has previously alleged that the USA shoulders the burden of security for other countries, and by contributing to a body that ensures the members' collective interests, U.S. is doing a favor.
"All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television", Trump said during Friday's news conference.
Merkel asks "Do you want to have a handshake?" according to Politico.
Mr Trump also passed on the opportunity to reject an unfounded report from a Fox News commentator asserting that British intelligence agents were involved in the alleged spying.
"I think that's the right way of going about it".
On Sunday, Germany's biggest-selling daily Bild said that throughout the White House meeting, not once did Trump look her in the eye.
President Donald Trump has welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House.
As part of a bid to bring jobs to America, Trump has urged automakers to build more cars in the US and discouraged them from investing in Mexico. "We are a very strong country", he said, adding that America would be in a stronger position in world markets.
It suggests how Germany will counter the US accusations of unfair trade.
Trump said he expected the United States to do "fantastically well" in trade with Germany, while Merkel said she hoped the United States and the European Union could resume discussions on a trade agreement. "Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the now-President of the United States was surveilled at any time in any way". While Trump's campaign rhetoric about European allies not paying their fair share may have ruffled feathers on the other side of the Atlantic, his assertion even after the election that NATO is "obsolete" has called into question the us commitment to the alliance itself.