May 2, 2018 / 11:50 AM / a month ago

German defense budget 'not at all' influenced by Trump: minister

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s updated defense budget plans are not at all influenced by pressure on Berlin from U.S. President Donald Trump to raise military spending, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Wednesday.

Asked how much the pressure from Trump influenced Germany’s defense spending plans, Scholz told reporters: “Not at all”.

Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Madeline Chambers

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