Germany hits back at Donald Trump over NATO funding claims

http://www.smh.com.au/world/germany-hits-back-at-donald-trump-over-nato-funding-claims-20170319-gv1ngu.html

A strong relationship with the United States is a bedrock of German foreign policy, so when Chancellor Angela Merkel met President Donald Trump on Friday, German journalists and analysts scrutinised their body language and the tone of their remarks for clues about how they might work together.

“Not warm, but not distant,” wrote the left-leaning newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung in its online edition Saturday.

“It could have been a lot worse,” Germany’s mass-circulation daily, Bild, wrote of the relationship that is the cornerstone of the NATO alliance and vital to global security.

The initial reaction from Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, emphasised the positives. Seibert welcomed Trump’s support of efforts to resolve the crisis in Ukraine and the president’s confirmation of the importance of NATO.

Seibert also reaffirmed Germany’s commitment to contribute 2 per cent of its gross domestic product to the alliance by 2024, as pledged during last year’s NATO summit meeting.

But that did not seem to be enough for Trump, who insisted on Twitter early Saturday that Germany owed the alliance “vast sums of money”.

“Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel,” he wrote. “Nevertheless, Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!”

According to figures released by the alliance, Germany contributed 1.2 per cent of its gross domestic product in 2016, compared with 3.6 for the United States, but as security experts have pointed out, contributions to the alliance do not automatically translate into more money being sent to Washington.

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“The initial reaction from Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, emphasised the positives. Seibert welcomed Trump’s support of efforts to resolve the crisis in Ukraine and the president’s confirmation of the importance of NATO.”

yada yada..

“It could have been a lot worse,” Germany’s mass-circulation daily, Bild, wrote of the relationship that is the cornerstone of the NATO alliance and vital to global security.”

quite..

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2 Responses to “Germany hits back at Donald Trump over NATO funding claims”

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