Donald Trump ‘bills Germany $490 billion’ for NATO

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Donald Trump ‘bills Germany $490 billion’ for NATO

Post by veya_victaous on Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:24 am


THE White House has denied claims US Fake President Trump has taken an extraordinary step to recoup the “vast sums of money” he believes other countries owe the United States.

According to The Sunday Times, the President handed German Chancellor Angela Merkel a bill for more than $490 billion which he believes his country has been short-changed over military alliance NATO.

The invoice was reportedly presented at the leaders’ meeting last week, in which the President apparently refused to shake Ms Merkel’s hand during a stage photo opportunity.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on Monday the Times story was “not true”.

After that meeting, Mr Trump singled out a number of countries in the NATO alliance, including Germany, over their defence contributions claiming the US had been forced to bear the brunt and pick up the tab.

On Twitter, he declared Germany owed “vast sums of money to NATO” and said the US “must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive defence it provides to Germany”.

According to a statement from one German minister, the country won’t be playing along with Mr Trump’s plan, describing reported efforts to claw back the cash as “outrageous”.

“The concept behind putting out such demands is to intimidate the other side, but the chancellor took it calmly and will not respond to such provocations,” the unnamed minister told The Times.

The country’s defence minister Ursula von der Leyen went even further, saying definitively there was “no debt account at NATO”.


“Defence spending also goes into UN peacekeeping missions, into our European missions and into our contribution to the fight against ISIS terrorism” she said in a statement.

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http://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/donald-trump-bills-germany-490-billion-for/news-story/3cc386c9b69897dfae0321f2336a4c1b

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