Trump in tweet: Germany owes US 'vast sums of money' for NATO

Trump in tweet: Germany owes US 'vast sums of money' for NATO

He said Germany must stump up more money to the United States in order to cover the cost of the defence it provides. Since Trump is incapable of seeing things through any lens other than "deals", the fact that the USA spends considerably more on defense than anyone else upsets him (not enough to stop him from pledging to drastically increase the United States' defense budget, of course).

The U.S. president was mum, meanwhile, on one of the biggest challenges now facing North Atlantic Treaty Organisation: the threat from Russian Federation.

Trump administration officials have called the US's $68 billion trade deficit with Germany an economic injustice and claimed Germany is gaming foreign exchange markets. But he failed to mention that Russian Federation is the one responsible for the instability there, raising alarms all across Eastern Europe.

The pair have differed on a range of issues, including trade, the European Union, immigration and refugee policies, treatment of Russian Federation, and countries' financial obligations to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

"That's something of which I am deeply convinced, and I am not only saying this back home, I am saying this here, I am saying it in the United States, also here in Washington in my talks with the President", she said. "We only want to discuss issues that involve the two of us." . "I am a trader".

What's best for both sides is a free and open trade relationship, as it benefits both countries and this is something that I think every side can agree on.

When the topic then moved to trade, Trump said the USA would do "fantastically well" in its trade relations with Germany.

Those comments appeared aimed at making a case to Trump on the benefits of the European Union.

It's not like Trump needs to know these things, though.

In January, Mr Trump said the German chancellor had made "a catastrophic mistake" by allowing hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants into Germany.

The two leaders certainly have hugely contrasting ideas and leadership styles. However, he had also said in the past she was a leader he greatly respected.

President Donald Trump has welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House. But she didn't deny there were rifts. "We're proud that we have good products, just as the Americans are proud that they have good products", said Merkel.

"Sometimes compromises are hard", the chancellor stressed, but added that reaching them is why politicians are elected for.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel ruled out trading provocations with Turkey on March 16 after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sharply criticized bans on planned rallies by Turkish ministers in Germany and the Netherlands.

But later, sitting side-by-side in the Oval Office, Ms. Merkel's suggestion of another handshake went unheard or ignored by Mr. Trump - an awkward moment in what are usually highly scripted occasions.



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