Trump urges Merkel to pay bigger share of NATO costs

By on March 18, 2017


US President Donald Trump affirmed his "strong support" for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in his meeting Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but urged Europe's biggest economy and other partners to make a bigger financial contribution to the military alliance (Photo by WDKrause (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)])
US President Donald Trump affirmed his “strong support” for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in his meeting Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but urged Europe’s biggest economy and other partners to make a bigger financial contribution to the military alliance (Photo by WDKrause (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)])
WASHINGTON—US President Donald Trump affirmed his “strong support” for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in his meeting Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but urged Europe’s biggest economy and other partners to make a bigger financial contribution to the military alliance.

Speaking at a joint news conference after their meeting at the White House, Trump also said he does not believe in isolationism with regard to trade, but that he wants “fair” trade he believes will benefit American workers and industry.

Merkel said she told Trump that Germany is committed to meeting a target for members of the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance to allocate 2 percent or more of gross domestic product to defense spending