Germany's Merkel disputes Trump's NATO debt claim
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BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday underlined Germany's rejection of a claim by U.S. President Donald Trump that her country owes NATO large sums for underspending on
Trump tweeted Saturday, a day after meeting Merkel in Washington, that "Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO." He added that "the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive,
"Not a single NATO member state pays its entire
Merkel said that
Germany gradually emerged from its post-war diplomatic and military shell after reunification in 1990, sending troops to Kosovo and Afghanistan — though it also refused to join the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. Military missions aren't popular with the public and are often a subject of agonized political debate.
"Of course the role of Germany has changed," Merkel said.
"If you look at our military commitment today, then you see that a quarter-century later Germany plays a completely different role," she added. "But it is a process, and it is a process that the United States of America wanted ... and we cannot simply cast off this process from one day to the next."
She said that