JUST IN: German Defense Minister Responds To Trump’s Massive Lie About Germany

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It was only a matter of time before Germany fired back at President Trump over his latest accusations.

On Saturday, Trump, seemingly fueled by his anger over the press’s coverage of his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, tweeted that Germany owes “vast sums of money” to NATO and the U.S.

On Sunday, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen responded to the President’s tweets, saying that there is “no debt account at NATO.”

According to Reuters, von der Leyen went on to explain that country’s money for defense spending goes to more than just NATO.

‘Defense spending also goes into UN peacekeeping missions, into our European missions and into our contribution to the fight against IS terrorism.’

She then added that a “modern security concept” would include a European defense union and investment in the United Nations in addition to a “modern NATO.”

von der Leyen is not the first person to correct President Trump and explain to him how NATO works. On Saturday, the former United States ambassador to NATO, Ivo Daalder, went after Trump on Twitter to clarify the fact that other countries do not owe the United States money in exchange for protection.

President Trump has been arguing for months now that NATO is “obsolete” because other countries are not contributing to it equally. Trump is not wrong when he says that not all countries have met the 2 percent military spending goal that has been set, but he still proved yesterday that, overall, he knows very little about how the organization he has been bashing actually works.

Meanwhile, other countries in the alliance, like Germany, are working on increasing their spending.

A plan is in place currently for German defense spending to increase in 2018 from 1.4 billion euros to 38.5 billion euros. This will take the country’s defense spending ratio from 1.18 percent to 1.26 percent.

Chancellor Merkel also emphasized during her visit on Friday that Germany is committed to reaching the 2 percent requirement. Trump actually thanked Merkel for this decision and praised her for it after their meeting, but he must have forgotten about that when he got distracted by the “fake news” coverage of Merkel’s visit.

Featured image via Philipp Guelland/Getty Images.

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