Germany rejects Trump claim it owes Nato and US 'vast sums' for defence

The German defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen, on Sunday rejected Donald Trump’s claim that Germany owes Nato and the US “vast sums” of money for defence. Ivo Daalder, permanent representative from 2009 to 2013, wrote: “Sorry, Mr President, that’s not how Nato works. The US decides for itself how much it contributes to defending Nato. This is not a financial transaction, where Nato countries pay the US to defend them. It is part of our treaty commitment.

Publisher: The Guardian | Author: Victoria Herrmann

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competence, donald trump, foreign leaders, foreign policy, and governance
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2017-03-20 (Modified: 2017-03-20)

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