I’ll bet Trump’s base loves this kind of nonsense. According to the Sunday Times the president handed German Chancellor Angela Merkel “a bill for money supposedly owed to NATO when they met last weekend in Washington DC.”
The gesture was “outrageous,” the paper quoted an unnamed German minister as saying. “The concept behind putting out such demands is to intimidate the other side, but the chancellor took it calmly and will not respond to such provocations,” the minister is further cited as saying.
The Times reports that the amount listed was “thought to be for more than US$374 billion,” which was “calculated by adding the amounts by which Germany have fallen short on annual payments to NATO since 2002 — and adding interest.”
The point is not that Germany, and other countries, has failed to meet their spending commitments under NATO, but that Trump contorts himself to point out what a great relationship he has and wants to continue to have with Vladimir Putin, but then treats one of the United States’ key allies so disrespectfully.
How does this make sense unless Putin has pictures and all the negatives?