Trump Warns Germany "Owes Vast Sums To US... Must Be Paid For Defense"

Tyler Durden's picture

Amid #NoHandshakeGate and the "we have something in common" moment, yesterday's meeting between President Trump and German Chancellor Merkel was at best cordial, judging by the G-20 discussions, and this latest tweet from Trump...

Of course this is not the first time he has pointed this out... NATO, he said, “has problems.”

“[NATO] is obsolete, first because it was designed many, many years ago,” Bild quoted Trump as saying about the trans-Atlantic military alliance. “Secondly, countries aren’t paying what they should” and NATO “didn’t deal with terrorism.”

 

While those comments expanded on doubts Trump raised about the North Atlantic Treaty Organization during his campaign, he reserved some of his most dismissive remarks for the EU and Merkel, whose open-border refugee policy he called a “catastrophic mistake.”

FACT CHECK: Trump is 100% Correct - Germany has been under-funding its defense budget for years... NATO's 28-member countries committed in 2014 to spending 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense within a decade. But only the U.S. and four other members of the post-World War II military coalition are meeting the standard, Pence said.

Failure to meet the commitment, he said, "erodes the very foundation of our alliance."

"Let me be clear on this point: The president of the United States expects our allies to keep their word, to fulfill this commitment and, for most, that means the time has come to do more," Pence said.

More awkward looks to come...

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quax's picture

Would be interesting to learn where in the NATO treaty it says that Germany is hiring the US forces as mercenaries.

The US is free to withdraw all troops from Germany at any time.

sinbad2's picture

The Germans would help the US troops pack.

Do you really think they enjoy being an occupied nation?

uhland62's picture

Saw them leaving from Giessen in 1993, great joy!! There are often demonstrations outside Ramstein - helpers troop has already arrived. 

cinderalle's picture

who ask america to defend germany, please america go home you are not wanted any where in the world, without america and israel the world would be a safe place

EternalAnusocracy's picture

why are you posting the same shit four times?

Buster Cherry's picture

I don't think he was an astute history student.

cinderalle's picture

who ask america to defend germany, please america go home you are not wanted any where in the world, without america and israel the world would be a safe place

cinderalle's picture

who ask america to defend germany, please america go home you are not wanted any where in the world, without america and israel the world would be a safe place

cinderalle's picture

who ask america to defend germany, please america go home you are not wanted any where in the world, without america and israel the world would be a safe place

Sledge-hammer's picture
Sledge-hammer (not verified) Mar 18, 2017 5:11 PM

If only the average ZH reader knew how much in American tax-dollars were utilized from 1945 to present day to secure Germany.  You had to be stationed there in the days of West Germany to get an idea.  Our commitment is miniscule compared to what it was, but still billions of dollars a year.  And that is just one country.

uhland62's picture

This former German knows it. But you also got a lot of benefits, Germans were forced to buy American made weapons and when they thought they could get a look in with a German made product, America exercised their monopoly power over supply like a dictator.

It is pretty pointless to have Germany in NATO now. Ethnic Germans do not like war because their parents and grandparents have told them how it was. Most Germans can only afford one child, so that's not enlisting. And for the 6 million from the former Soviet Union or the 3 million Turks, fighting for American dominance is not a priority.

Now add the 20015/2016 2 million from the ME and Africa and the millions more predicted to come in from Africa - defending Full Spectrum Dominance is not a priority, especially since the conditions in America have been on the decline and America is no longer a model.  

Disgruntled Goat's picture

#Germanywhereareyourmen

sinbad2's picture

The europeans, with the exception of the UK don't want NATO.

NATO is the USA using european troops to fight for the US.

The europeans, will go along with the US, because they have to, but they for obvious reasons try and keep the costs to a minimum.

It's a modern form of tribute, and American demands for tribute, just keep growing.

 

man of Wool's picture

Independent sovereign countries in NATO decide their own defence expenditure not POTUS.

Understand!!

Matt0515's picture

" the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!".. Trump.

I don't recall anyone asking the US to defend Germany. Trump is free to pull out all US troops and go home.