Trump launches fresh tirade against Nato and Germany during incoherent speech to US steel workers
Donald Trump has launched a fresh tirade against Natoand Germany during a speech to American steelworkers.
The US president called members of the alliance âdelinquentâ, attacked Germany for not paying enough towards the organisation and again questioned why the country was buying gas off Russia.
In remarks that will once more raise questions about his commitment to the treaty, he said: âThe one thing I know about Nato, for sure, is itâs better for Europe than it is for us.â
Mr Trump was speaking during a visit to the United States Steel company in Granite City in Illinois.
In a rambling and occasionally incoherent hour-long speech â" which also attacked the World Trade Organisation and former president Barack Obama - he said: âThey said I was too nasty to Nato and too nice to Russia. Figure that one out, okay?
âAnd yet Iâm the one who told Nato and Germanyâ¦âWhy are you buying all of this gas and paying Russia billions and billions of dollars for your energy?â I brought that up. But they said he was so nasty.
âWell, let me just tell you what happened with Nato. Last year they paid $44 billion more than they ever paid before. And, if you look at Nato, it was going this way, it was going down. Everybody was delinquent. They wereâ¦not everybody but almost everybody. The United States wasnât. By the way, Germany pays one per cent [of its GDP] and we pay 4.3 per cent. You think thatâs good?â
The outburst follows a similar attack earlier in the month when, during a Nato summit, Mr Trump declared that Germ any was âtotally controlled" by Russia.
"Germany, as far Iâm concerned, is captive to Russia,&qu ot; he said, referring to a deal which will see it import up to 70 per cent of its energy from the east.
German chancellor Angela Merkel hit back following those remarks, saying: âI have experienced myself how a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union. I am very happy that today we are united in freedom, the Federal Republic of Germany.âSource: Google News Germany | Netizen 24 Germany