Donald Trump claims Germany owes the US and Nato ‘vast sums of money’ for defence of Europe against Russia

Donald Trump claims Germany owes the US and Nato ‘vast sums of money’ for defence of Europe against Russia, by Patrick Knox.

Despite running £234billion budget surplus, Germany just spends 1.23% of GDP while debt laden UK coughs up the required 2%. …

Tweeting a day after an awkward meeting with German leader Angela Merkel, Trump demanded Berlin should cough up billions of Euros more on defence. …

Only the US and four other Nato members – including the UK – currently reach the alliance’s benchmark of spending on defence which is 2% of GDP.

And today Trump tweeted: “Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defence it provides to Germany!” …

Trump set the tone for his relations with Merkel during his campaign last year, saying her decision to allow close to a million refugees into Germany was a “catastrophic mistake” and suggested she was “ruining Germany”.