President Trump handed German Chancellor Angela Merkel an invoice totaling £300 billion during his meeting with her earlier this month according to PJ Media.
PJ Media reported:
During his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel earlier this month, President Donald Trump reportedly gave the chancellor an invoice totaling £300 billion. The bill represents the amount Trump says Germany owes NATO going back to 2002 when then Chancellor Gerhard Schröder promised to increase German contributions to the Atlantic alliance.
Also included in the invoice was £50 billion in interest.
Merkel reportedly ignored the invoice. But the insult has not gone unnoticed in Berlin, with a German government official being quoted by the Times of London as calling the move “outrageous.”
Apparently Angela Merkel and German government were not amused by the invoice showing what the owe.
The US President is said to have had an “invoice” printed out outlining the sum estimated by his aides as covering Germany’s unpaid contributions for defence.
But the bill has been backdated even further to 2002, the year Mrs Merkel’s predecessor, Gerhard Schröder, pledged to spend more on defence.
Mr Trump reportedly instructed aides to calculate how much German spending fell below two per cent over the past 12 years, then added interest.
Estimates suggest the total came to £300bn, with official figures citing the shortfall to be around £250bn plus £50bn in interest added on.
The Times quoted a German government minister as saying the move was “outrageous”.
President Trump is doing an excellent job of holding people and nations accountable for their actions, or lack thereof!