Germany rejects Donald trump's claim 'vast sums' owed to NATO
Germany has rejected Donald Trump's claim that the country owes Nato large sums for not spending enough on defence.
The US president tweeted on Saturday that "Germany owes vast sums of money to Nato and the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defence it provides to Germany!"
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
His comments came a day after his first meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which he described as "great".
Berlin's defence budget has long been below Nato's target of 2% of a member's gross domestic product.
German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Sunday that "there's no debtor's account at Nato," adding: "To tie the 2% of defence spending, which we want to achieve in the middle of the next decade, only to Nato, is wrong."