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President Donald Trump, whose critical comments on U.S. involvement and participation in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on the campaign trail led to uncertainty in Europe, said that Germany owes NATO money by not reaching their target goal of defense spending of 2% of GDP. This led to the defense minister of Germany, Ursula Von Der Leyen, to comment that Trump was wrong and that these goals are goals, not debt incurred to NATO.

Although it appears that the president’s remark were slightly off-base, it appears to have struck a chord with Germany because they have only spent 1.2% of their GDP on defense spending and have not fulfilled their promised dues as a member of NATO.

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