Germany Owes Zero Debt to NATO – Defense Minister
Germany's defense minister has rejected US President Donald Trump's assertion that Berlin owed "vast sums of money" to NATO. Relations between the two allies have soured over Germany's military spending commitments.
German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement on Sunday that "there is no account where debts are registered with NATO," responding to accusations by US President Donald Trump that the Berlin government was in debt to the military alliance.
The German defense minister also questioned how military spending was calculated, arguing that a country's financial commitment to the military alliance shouldn't be the only measure.
On Saturday, Trump tweeted that Germany owed NATO "vast sums of money," just hours after meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington for the first time since taking office.
US demands more cash
The billionaire added that Washington "must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany."