Grenell to Newsmax: Merkel a ‘Great Leader’ But Germany Must Pay Share

Former Acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell, a former ambassador to Germany, insisted Friday on Newsmax that he enjoyed working with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but the Trump administration had differences with how much the nation pays to participate in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. 

“She’s very focused and a great leader for Germany,” said Grenell on Newsmax’s “National Report,” while world leaders are meeting for the annual G-7 summit. “We just have differences with the way that the Germans participate in the transatlantic alliance. They’ve got a surplus and they’re not paying their fair share.”

The Germans, he continued, want American leaders who don’t bring that up and allow them “to continue on this very cushy relationship.

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