President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel acted like old pals at the NATO summit on Wednesday just hours after the president said Germany was “totally controlled” by Russia.
The two leaders complimented each other and praised their partnership after they met on the sidelines of the Brussels summit, where they said they discussed migration, trade and military spending.
“We have a very, very good relationship with the chancellor. We have a tremendous relationship with Germany. They’ve made tremendous success and congratulate you,” Trump said as he sat across from Merkel.
“I believe that our trade will increase and lots of other things will increase, but we’ll see what happens over the next period of a few months,” he added.
Merkel, speaking through an interpreter, said she was “very pleased” to talk to Trump about issues.
”We are partners, we are good partners and we wish to continue cooperating in the future,” she said.
Trump said he and Merkel also talked about the pipeline project that he railed about during a breakfast meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, but would not comment on what they discussed.
“I think it’s very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia, where you’re supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia,” Trump told Stoltenberg earlier Wednesday.
”But Germany is totally controlled by Russia,” Trump added.
He was remarking on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project that would bring natural gas from Russia into northern Germany.
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