Thursday, 03. January 2019, 06.14 PM: US President Donald Trump sees in his unpopularity in many Parts of Europe, a confirmation of his policy. “If I were in Europe popular, I would not do my job,” said Trump on Wednesday on the sidelines of a Cabinet meeting in front of journalists at the White house. “Europe doesn’t matter to me. I’m not elected by Europeans, but by Americans.” The Republican US President stressed again that European States such as Germany to invest in its view, sufficient in their defense, and instead, the US take advantage of.

The former Republican presidential candidate and future Senator Mitt Romney had expressed on Wednesday in a guest article in the “Washington Post” criticism of, among other things, to trump foreign policy. Romney had referred to Trumps are often poor popularity ratings in Europe.

According to a study by the opinion research Institute Pew in October, only 10 percent are familiar, for example, in Germany in the past year, the fact that Trump in global Affairs is correct. In the case of trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, this was in his last year in office, in 2016, 86 percent. In France, the values were similar to those in the Federal Republic of Germany. In Eastern European countries such as Poland, were less negative for Trump.

Trump said on Wednesday: “I want Europe to get paid.” So, for instance, Germany only give a percentage of its gross domestic product on defense. “They should pay four per cent.” After Trumps representation of European government were leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, herself surprised that former US presidents have you had to go through.

The Nato had decided to 2014, within a period of ten years, for the defence of their members ‘ expenditure to aim for a target of 2 percent of gross domestic product. Germany has achieved since only an increase of 1.18 to 1.24 percent, which is criticized mainly by Trump. By 2024, Germany, has made an increase of 1.5 percent. Under pressure from Washington, Merkel has hinted at further concessions.

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