Reuters: Trump, Merkel meet at NATO after he slams Germany11 July 2018 | 17:23 | FOCUS News Agency
The tone of their remarks when they jointly addressed reporters afterward appeared businesslike, after Trump had said Germany’s reliance on Russian energy left it “in the control” of Moscow and Merkel later referred to her youth in Soviet-run East Germany to insist Berlin was now fully sovereign.
“We’re having a great meeting. We’re discussing military expenditure ... talking about trade,” Trump told reporters who were allowed in to the meeting room.
“We have a very, very good relationship with the chancellor. We have a tremendous relationship with Germany,” he added, saying he had raised his concerns about a new gas pipeline planned from Russia to Germany.
Merkel said she had discussed migration and trade with Trump and looked forward to further exchanges as the United States remained a partner of Germany.
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