Merkel owes Trump nothing. Whether Germany owes the US something is a different matter. However, what is “owed” is often (not always) a matter of contract. We may have allowed ourselves to become locked into a bad contract.
Man, the Eurocrats probably hate Trump more than the Democrats do.
Well, perhaps at least as much.
President Donald Trump reportedly greeted German Chancellor Angela Merkel with a massive bill when she visited him soon after he entered the White House.
“Angela, you owe me $1 trillion,” Trump said, referring to the gulf between what Germany agreed to contribute to its defense under a NATO arrangement and what it actually spent over the previous 14 years, an official briefed on the meeting told The Wall Street Journal in a story published Sunday.
Trump’s brash remark to Merkel more than a year ago showcases his insistence that U.S. allies pay more for their defense—a stance he has maintained ahead of the NATO summit later this week.