German Chancellor Angela Merkel receives the ambassador of U.S. to Germany, Richard Grenell, in Meseberg, Germany July 6, 2018. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt
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NATO allies who shirk defense-spending goals are "hypocritical," he added, while on Iran, he doubled down on a warning to German companies that he made a year ago when he took office.A Trump loyalist and onetime Fox News contributor, Grenell has triggered a number of firestorms in Berlin with his pointed remarks on Iran, the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia and military spending.Grenell later criticized a draft budget that showed defense spending falling short as "worrisome," in line with the Trump administration's consistent warnings. In Bild, Grenell expressed surprise at German politicians who don't view the goal to spend 2 percent of gross domestic product on the military as obligatory.
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