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Trump slams Germany's NATO contribution during tariff speech

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Washington (dpa) - US President Donald Trump took aim at Germany‘s contributions to NATO defence spending Thursday as he unveiled new tariffs on steel and aluminium imports to US soil.

"If you look at NATO, where Germany pays 1 per cent and we‘re paying 4.2 per cent of a much bigger GDP [gross domestic product]. Not fair," said Trump at a cabinet meeting in the White House.

"[W]e have some friends and some enemies, where we have been tremendously taken advantage of over the years, on trade, and on military." 

Trump has regularly lashed out at Germany, along with other NATO member states, for failing to help carry the financial burden of the Washington-led military alliance. He wants all members to honour pledges to contribute at least 2 per cent of their GDP by 2024.

But the German government interprets the 2-per-cent threshold as a looser target. Last year the Western European nation topped up the funds with 1.24 per cent of its GDP - up from 1.22 per cent the previous year.

The US transferred 3.6 per cent of its GDP to the alliance‘s budget in the same period.


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