President Trump lashed out at Germany early Tuesday, promising to reduce the trade deficit with the country — and get it to pay more for NATO and its military.
“We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military,” Trump wrote. “Very bad for U.S. This will change.”
On Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Europe can no longer count on the US and its allies.
“The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out,” Merkel said in Munich on Sunday, days after Trump lectured NATO members about paying more for defense. “I’ve experienced that in the last few days.
During a meeting of NATO leaders in Brussels last week, Trump called out the NATO-member nations behind in their commitment to spend 2 percent of their GDP on defense.
In a separate tweet Tuesday, Trump also said Russian officials are probably “laughing” at the US amid continued reports about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections.
“Russian officials must be laughing at the U.S. & how a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election has taken over the Fake News,” he tweeted.
Trump has claimed that the storyline about Russian meddling is an excuse made up by the Democrats. He also has criticized the naming of Robert Mueller as special counsel to head up the probe into the Russian involvement.