Trump calling European bluff on NATO commitment: Analyst

US President Donald Trump’s insistence that NATO members should spend 2 percent of their GDP on defense is meant to “call their bluff” on their commitment to the alliance, says a political analyst.

Trump lashed out at Germany once again on Tuesday over its large trade surplus with the US and its low contributions to NATO after Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested that Germany and other European countries could no longer rely on the US under Trump’s presidency.

In a tweeted message, Trump said, “We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military. Very bad for US. This will change.”

“It’s no accident that Donald Trump tweeted his critical remarks of Germany right after Angela Merkel attacked the United States as not a reliable partner, her accusation was based on the United States not signing up to the Paris climate change agreement which shows how bound by ideological blindness our European…

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