Germany’s Scholz fires back at Trump – POLITICO

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Trump triggered uproar across Europe after telling a crowd during a weekend campaign stop in South Carolina that he would “encourage” Russia to invade NATO allies who are “delinquent,” saying: “You gotta pay. You gotta pay your bills.”

Tusk, who arrived in Berlin to meet Scholz after seeing French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris earlier that day, said that “regardless” of what Trump says, “it is really in our common European interest that all NATO member states directly and clearly increase the funding of defense” capabilities.

“This is really necessary and not because Donald Trump said so, but quite objectively,” Tusk added. “We have to take care of improving our defense potential ourselves and this European part of NATO has to take a more determined stand. I would try to convince all European partners in NATO of this.”

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