Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump hold a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
The Independent: Donald Trump printed out made-up £300bn Nato invoice and handed it to Angela Merkel
President estimated Germany’s underspend on alliance over the past 12 years, then added interest.
Angela Merkel will reportedly ignore Donald Trump’s attempts to extricate £300bn from Germany for what he deems to be owed contributions to Nato.
The US President is said to have had an “invoice” printed out outlining the sum estimated by his aides as covering Germany’s unpaid contributions for defence.
Said to be presented during private talks in Washington, the move has been met with criticism from German and Nato officials.
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WNU Editor: I am surprised that many news media outlets are carrying the story (see below) .... but it is "fake news". Denials from the White House have bee quick .... White House denies reports Trump handed Merkel bill for NATO defense (DW). More here .... White House shoots down German officials' claim that Trump gave Merkel a $374 billion bill to pay for NATO (Aol News).
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