Donald Trump Handed German Chancellor Fake $400 Billion NATO Invoice

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President Donald Trump reportedly handed German Chancellor Angela Merkel an invoice for some $400 billion for money her country purportedly owes to NATO.

The hand-off came during the German Chancellor’s visit to the White House earlier this month, while the two were engaged in private talks, a move that was described by one German minister as “Outrageous,” according to the publication Times of London.

“The concept behind putting out such demands is to intimidate the other side, but the chancellor took it calmly and will not respond to such provocations,” the minister told the publication.

Merkel “ignored the provocation,” the Times reports.

Throughout his presidential campaign, continuing into his presidency, Trump has repeatedly railed against other NATO members for not paying their fair share accusing various countries by name of owing money to NATO, in a sign that the President does not understand how the NATO commitment to expenditures on defense works.

During Chancellor Merkel’s visit to Washington, Trump was quite vocal in claiming that Germany owes money to NATO, even mentioning it during their joint press conference. The President followed that up with a tweet on the following day claiming Germany “owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!”

Germany was quick to debunk Trump’s allegation, embarrassingly for the President, pointing out that he does not understand how NATO works.

“There is no debt account at NATO,” German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement, adding that it was wrong to link the alliance’s target for members to spend 2 percent of their economic output on defense by 2024 solely to NATO.

“Defense spending also goes into UN peacekeeping missions, into our European missions and into our contribution to the fight against IS terrorism,” von der Leyen said.

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