It is rumored....no one can say it occurred in a factual way....that when Chancellor Merkel met with President Trump....he laid out the cost of the period now that Germany has not paid 2-percent of it' GDP into the NATO pot.
It may or may not be true.
The rumored cost? 370-billion dollars. Some say it's with interest. Some say it's without interest.
It sounds like a great story, but it also sounds like fake news.
The thing about this story, if you start to think about it, is that up until the period of Gerhard Schroeder (the last Chancellor of Germany)....they had been on cutting edge of paying the 2-percent of the GDP into the NATO pot.
So, if this was true, it brings you to one odd question.
Merkel has been Chancellor since the end of 2005. Where exactly for the past 12 years, did she go and spend the 370-billion dollars? It wasn't given back to the public or granted as some tax credit. It was spent somewhere. So, where?
Eventually, some Germans will wake up and ask....if it's NOT a fake story, then where did the German government go and spend this money?
It might be interesting to know how it got spent. Maybe into the EU pot? Maybe for bridges? Maybe for nuclear energy? If you just play with the numbers....that's 30-billion dollars roughly for each year that was spent elsewhere. So, where?
I'm kinda hoping it is a fake story. If it's true, then there's going to be a problem in explaining the use of the money.