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Germany trades barbs with Donald Trump on defence after Angela Merkel meetingGermany and the US traded barbs over the weekend about defence spending following an awkward first meeting between US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
JOSHUA ROBERTS/REUTERS US President Donald Trump shakes hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the White House on Friday.
Nevertheless, Germany owes….. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2017HANNIBAL HANSCHKE/REUTERS German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has responded to Donald Trump’s Twitter barb.
US President Donald Trump says he backs the NATO alliance but, with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel at his side, stresses that some member states were not contributing enough.
Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
President Donald Trump’s approval ratings have dropped to their lowest point since he assumed office in January, according to Gallup.
The president’s approval ratings are highest in the South (48 percent) and Midwest (47 percent) and lowest in the West (36 percent) and East (35 percent).
The March 18 survey showed Trump’s approval rating at 37 percent.
Among men, 48 percent said they thought the president was doing a good job, 12 percentage point higher than Trump’s approval rating among women.
No president since Gallup began conducting the daily surveys posted an approval rating below 50 percent at the same point during their first term.
‘No debt at NATO’, German Ministry says after Donald Trump tweets
(Reuters)Germany does not owe NATO and the US “vast sums” of money for defence, German Federal Ministry of Defense said on Sunday, rejecting the tweets by US President Donald Trump.
Germany’s Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen.
In February, Germany’s defense ministry announced the plan to expand its national army, the Bundeswehr, in light of “increasing responsibilities,” partly seen as a response to Washington’s recent pressure.
“There is no debt account at NATO,” German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement, elaborating on the distribution of Berlin’s military expenditure, which is also allocated to UN peacekeeping, EU operations and anti-terror efforts in addition to NATO missions, Xinhua reported.
The minister thus said it was unfair to measure Germany’s military and security efforts judging solely on its NATO spending.