Washington (AFP) – President Donald Trump singled Germany out for criticism Thursday as he railed against countries that had “taken advantage” of the United States ahead of his expected rollout of trade tariffs.
After saying that the tariffs would be “very fair,” Trump accused Germany of behaving unfairly by contributing much less than the US towards the funding of NATO.
“We have some friends and some enemies where we have been tremendously taken advantage of over the years on trade and on military,” said Trump.
“If you look at NATO, where Germany pays one percent and we are paying 4.2 percent of a much bigger GDP — that’s not fair,” he told reporters.
“So we view trade and we view the military, and to a certain extent, they go hand in hand.”