No debt at NATO, German Ministry says after Trump tweets

20 Mars, 2017, 20:02 | Auteur: Gregory Millet
  • Trump and Merkel Take Measure of Each Other Amid Deep Divides

And then he put forward the misleading claim that Germany own the US and NATO "vast sums" of money.

Trump had made mentions of demands for vast sums of money in his joint conference with Merkel, accusing Germany at the time of unfair trade practices, and seeking NATO members to pay back the "vast sums" spent by the US in past years. When FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill today, he must be clear and direct about whether there was a tap.

Spicer on Thursday cited remarks by Judge Andrew Napolitano on Fox News that Obama used the British spy agency known as GCHQ to wiretap Trump. Watch the end of the video here.

The allegations of GCHQ involvement were initially made by former judge Andrew Napolitano on US TV channel Fox News.

But like many other NATO countries - including Canada, Spain, and Italy - Germany hasn't been spending 2 percent of its GDP on defense.

"Defense spending also goes into our UN peacekeeping missions, into our European missions and into our contribution to the fight against [ISIS] terrorism", she said.

GCHQ also issued a rare statement and called the accusations "nonsense".

Trump declined to answer questions about the situation before a meeting with the Republican Study Committee, according to the White House pool report.

In a video that went viral over the weekend, Trump appears to ignore German Chanellor Angela Merkel when she asks to shake his hand. Trump said, "At least we have something in common perhaps".

The new head of GCHQ certainly has the right surname to write a new chapter in British-US intelligence relations which are currently under strain. "The President keeps saying that we need to be paid by the Europeans for the fact that we have troops in Europe or provide defense there".

Despite the photographers' repeated calls for a handshake, and Merkel's suggestion from a metre away, Sean Spicer told German Weekly Der Spiegel, "I don't think he heard the question".

No formal agreements were announced in the visit, although the two sides said they would work together on North Korea and countering its rapidly developing nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

Germany's defence minister Ursula von der Leyen, a close Merkel ally, on Sunday rebuffed his comments.