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US Vice-President Mike Pence pledges US support for Nato”There is no debt account at NATO,” German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement.
“Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO and the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!”
Rejecting the allegations made by the United States President Donald Trump, the German Federal Ministry of Defence on Sunday said that Germany does not owe North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the US “vast sums” of money for defence.
Trump, on Saturday, had written a tweet saying Germany owes “vast sums” of money to NATO and that the US must be paid for the defence it provides to the European nation.
Refuting Trump’s claim, the minister said that it was unfair to measure Germany’s military and security efforts judging solely on its NATO spending.
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The city of Berkeley, California, said last week it would refuse to do business with any company that’s part of the border wall.
That could be a problem for the concrete wall design.
“The wall design shall be physically imposing in height,” CBP officials said in contracting documents.
The concrete solicitation doesn’t ask for that same consideration.
Indeed the solicitation for the non-concrete wall specifically asks for a “see-through component” to the wall.
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Germany Rejects Donald Trump’s Claim That It ‘Owes Vast Sums of Money’ to NATO, U.S.
Nevertheless, Germany owes….. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2017…vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!
“Many nations owe vast sums of money from past years and it is very unfair to the United States,” he said.
“That includes a modern NATO, but also a European defense union as well as investments into the United Nations,” she said.
Ivo Daalder, a former U.S. NATO ambassador, also dismissed Trump’s characterization, saying on Saturday “that’s not how NATO works.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2017German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen rejected Trump’s claim in a statement on Sunday, saying that “there is no debt account at NATO.”