UPDATED 9:34 AM PT — Thursday, April 4, 2019
Vice President Mike Pence recently slammed Germany for not upholding its deal with NATO to increase defense spending, and for its ongoing economic ties with Russia.
At a NATO conference on Wednesday, Pence criticized Germany’s decision to decrease spending to 1.25-percent of GDP instead of increasing it to two-percent as it promised.
“Germany is Europe’s largest and healthiest economy, it’s a leading global exporter, and has benefited from U.S. protection of Europe for generations,” state the vice president. “And yet as we stand here today, Germany refuses to make the necessary investment of two-percent of its GDP to our common defense.”
Pence also criticized Germany for building a natural gas pipeline that connects its country to Russia, saying the move would turn Germany into a “captive of Moscow.”
The vice president went on to ensure NATO members the U.S. will always be an ally of Europe.