Monday 26 June 2017

Here's what a former US ambassador to Nato had to say about Trump saying Germany owed 'vast sums of money' to the organisation

President Donald Trump, claps his hands from the steps of Air Force One upon arrival at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Fla., , Friday, March 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
President Donald Trump, claps his hands from the steps of Air Force One upon arrival at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Fla., , Friday, March 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

By Nilima Marshall

“That’s not how Nato works.”

In case you missed it, US President Donald Trump met German chancellor Angela Merkel in what looked like an incredibly awkward visit at the White House.

And then several hours later, Trump decided to make his thoughts heard on Twitter, he claimed Germany owes “vast sums of money” to Nato and the US “must be paid more” for providing defence.

In a tweet from his Florida resort, where he is spending the weekend, the president wrote that he had a “great” meeting with Merkel this week, despite reports to the contrary.

But he reiterated his stance that Germany needs to meet its end of the bargain if it is to continue benefiting from the military alliance.

His remarks prompted Ivo Daalder, a former US representative to Nato, to respond saying “that’s not how Nato works” while adding that increased European spending on defence was not a “favour (or payment) to the US”.

Trump is yet to comment on Daalder’s statements.

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