Germany rejects Trump's claim it owes Nato 'vast sums'

2017-03-19 21:02
President Donald Trump shakes hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a news conference at the White House. (Evan Vucci, AP)

President Donald Trump shakes hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a news conference at the White House. (Evan Vucci, AP)

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Berlin - Germany has rejected President Donald Trump's claim that the country owes NATO large sums for under-spending on defence.

Trump 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!"

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 percent of defence spending, which we want to achieve in the middle of the next decade, only to Nato, is wrong."

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