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On Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump and Angela Merkel met at the White House for the first time since the conclusion of the 2016 elections. Among other things, much of the focus was centered around trade, ‘vocational training’, and international corporate policy. However, the press conference following the meeting also revealed that Trump has new plans for relations with NATO as well.
The President showing gratitude for the 50 German soldiers who lost their lives in Afghanistan, agreed with the Chancellor that the United States should remain committed to its cooperative military arrangement with Germany in Afghanistan. The president followed his statements with what seems to be a new set of terms with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, other known as NATO, which Germany is a member state of. “I reiterated my strong support for NATO, as well as the need for our NATO allies to pay their fair share for the cost of defense.” He went on to say, “Many nations owe vast sums of money from past years, and it is very unfair to the United States. These nations must pay what they owe.”
President Trump said that Merkel agreed to work towards contributing 2% of Germany’s GDP to the United States for a time period that was not explained in the press conference. Trump once again thanked Merkel for her leadership and efforts in Afghanistan.
The entire press conference can be seen below: