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Donald Trump actually gave German Chancellor Angela Merkel a bill for NATO, and it’s huge

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The Independent reports that Donald Trump has delivered at least one physical bill for what he says is owed to the United States for the cost of NATO defense.

In a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump presented her with a paper invoice for £300 billion. That amount, calculated by aides, represents an alleged £250 billion owed and another £50 billion in interest payments. It was calculated by White House aides at Trump’s behest; while NATO countries pledge to spend 2 percent of their nation’s GDP on defense, only a handful, including the United States, actually do.

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The move was mocked and criticized by German and NATO officials, some of whom called the move “outrageous” and said Merkel would “ignore the provocation.” The move comes weeks after a contentious meeting between Trump and Merkel. The president still called the meeting a success on Twitter.

Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Nevertheless, Germany owes…..

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2017

…vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2017

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