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USA: Trump says NATO allies 'must pay what they owe'02:44

USA: Trump says NATO allies 'must pay what they owe'

United States, Washington DC
March 17, 2017 at 19:49 GMT +00:00 · Published

US President Donald Trump expressed his "strong support" for NATO but said allies "must pay what they owe," speaking at the first joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington DC, Friday.

"Many nations owe vast sums of money from past years, and it is very unfair to the United States," Trump said, before thanking Merkel for "German government's commitment to increase defence spending and work toward contributing at least two percent of GDP."

Merkel said at the start of her remarks that it was "much better to talk to one another and not about one another," before adding that she was encouraged that Trump supports NATO, as well as stressed its vital role. She also stressed that Germany would increase its military spending towards two percent of GDP as earlier promised.

She said: "We are committed to this two-percent-goal until 2024. Last year we increased our spending by eight percent and we are going to work together again and again on this."

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US President Donald Trump expressed his "strong support" for NATO but said allies "must pay what they owe," speaking at the first joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington DC, Friday.

"Many nations owe vast sums of money from past years, and it is very unfair to the United States," Trump said, before thanking Merkel for "German government's commitment to increase defence spending and work toward contributing at least two percent of GDP."

Merkel said at the start of her remarks that it was "much better to talk to one another and not about one another," before adding that she was encouraged that Trump supports NATO, as well as stressed its vital role. She also stressed that Germany would increase its military spending towards two percent of GDP as earlier promised.

She said: "We are committed to this two-percent-goal until 2024. Last year we increased our spending by eight percent and we are going to work together again and again on this."

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