The US President is said to have had an “invoice” printed out outlining the sum estimated by his aides as covering Germany’s unpaid contributions for defence. [...]
But the bill has been backdated even further to 2002, the year Mrs Merkel’s predecessor, Gerhard Schröder, pledged to spend more on defence.
Mr Trump reportedly instructed aides to calculate how much German spending fell below two per cent over the past 12 years, then added interest.
That this stunt did not create an immediate international incident is evidence of Merkel's own professionalism and/or evidence that even our international allies do not take Idiot Manchild seriously. Instead, she "ignored the provocation."
Trump's staff—and by this I think we can safely presume Steve Bannon's staff, because there's no way any other members of even this White House could come up with a concept simultaneously so idiot-manchild stupid and so pointlessly insulting—apparently has similar "bills" drawn up for the other Nato members, for presentation when he meets with them as well. This particular bout of idiocy, in other words, is going to continue.
As to what Idiot Manchild and his confederacy of morons expects to accomplish with the move, that's not clear. It is never clear. As with the recent healthcare fiasco of Steve Bannon meeting with Republican lawmakers to demand they just do whatever Steve Bannon wants them to, the strategy seems to be to angrily demand things and then be surprised when the other side, your own allies, tell you to sod off. It may have worked for a crooked New York real estate developer trying to scam subcontractors out of promised wages, but it's not likely to work with The Freaking Chancellor of Germany.
For what it is worth, the White House is now denying that this incident took place. But this White House notoriously lies about everything, all the time, even when it's patently obvious they are lying, so that is worth nothing.