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Trump Worries Nato With ‘Obsolete’ Comment

Germany’s foreign minister says a statement by US President-elect Donald Trump that Nato is “obsolete” has caused “worry” in the alliance.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier said it was a contradiction of comments made days ago by Mr Trump’s incoming defence chief.

In an interview in New York, Mr Trump also said Germany’s Angela Merkel made “a catastrophic mistake” by admitting more than one million migrants.

And he threatened German car makers with high import tariffs.

Companies including BMW, Volkswagen and Daimler have invested in factories in Mexico, where costs are cheaper, with an eye to exporting into the US market.

Mr Trump was giving details of his foreign policy goals in an interview with British and German newspapers, the Times and Bild, at Trump Tower in New York.

On Nato, Mr Trump reiterated his criticism that “a lot of” the 28 member states were not paying their fair share.

He said the alliance had been forged “many, many years ago”, adding: “It’s obsolete because it wasn’t taking care of terror.

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January 16th, 2017

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