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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Germany to Increase Defense Spending, But Not High Enough for Trump

By Ray Downs  |  (UPI)

President Donald Trump meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington, DC on April 27. Merkel said Monday that Germany may boost defense levels to 2 percent of GDP over the next decade, but not now. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI | License Photo

German officials said Tuesday they plan to increase defense spending this year, but not to levels high enough to meet President Donald Trump's demands.

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Monday will increase its defense spending from current levels 1.2 percent of GDP to 1.5 percent over the next seven years.

NATO allies, including Germany, are expected to contribute 2 percent of their GDP towards defense

Speaking to German military officials in Berlin on Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said meeting the 2 percent benchmark would not be "completely beyond the imagination"

Trump has expressed dissatisfaction in the past over the failure of many NATO allies to meet the 2 percent requirement and has urged countries in the alliance to boost their contribution levels.

NATO, and Trump, want all NATO countries to spend more on defence because the USA and Deep State industrialists make a fortune from selling weapons to countries who really don't need them and would benefit greatly by spending those huge sums of money on something useful.

The U.S. spends more than 3.5 percent of its GDP on defense.

Although NATO allies fall short of the 2 percent level, many nations in the alliance have increased defense spending within the past year.

And consequently, the American economy has really taken off. Not a coincidence!

According to Bloomberg, European nations increased spending from an average of 1.44 percent to 1.46 percent, while Canada increased sending from 1.16 percent to 1.29 percent.

"European allies and Canada are doing more, stepping up, contributing more to our shared security," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters last month. "Allies are investing in major new capabilities."

"New Capabilities"! Capabilities of protecting themselves from a non-existent existential threat? C'mon, Angela, you know this is all BS. While you are building your defenses against Russia, your real enemy lies within. Spend your money there.