Trump and Merkel are headed for a one-on-one showdown after Trump said Germany is Russia’s puppet


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President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel appear headed for a one-on-one confrontation on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Brussels.
The two world leaders will soon meet. Trump plans to bring up his contention that Russia controls Germany with its energy dominance.
Merkel has already fired back at Trump, saying she lived in Germany under Soviet control and the government today is different, and that Germany is a solid US and NATO ally.
But Merkel has a difficult political situation at home and has not yet met her NATO commitments.

President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel appear headed for a one-on-one confrontation on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Brussels after Trump slammed Germany as being controlled by Russia.

Trump and Merkel will have a “pull aside” meeting where Trump will bring up his contention that Russia, through its supply of oil and gas to Germany, controls the country’s politics, The New York Times White House correspondent Julia Davis reported.

“Germany is totally controlled by Russia, because they will be getting from 60-70% of their energy from Russia and a new pipeline,” Trump said at a working breakfast with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

“You tell me if that’s appropriate, because I think it’s not, and I think it’s a very bad thing for NATO, and I don’t think it should have happened. And I think we have to talk to Germany about it,” he said.

A Reuters review of Germany’s official data showed that 35.3% of imports of oil and gas come from Russia, but the pipeline has been criticized across Europe.

Trump then went on to bash Germany’s defense spending, which stands at just 1.24% of its GDP.

“I think it’s very unfair to our country,” Trump said of Germany’s defense spending. “These countries have to step it up not over a 10-year period; they have to step it up immediately. Germany is a rich country. They talk about [how] they’re going to increase it a tiny bit by 2030. Well, they could increase it immediately.”

Merkel fires back

Just hours after Trump’s comments, Merkel fired back, saying she lived in East Germany under Soviet control, and that things are different now.

“I am very happy that today we are united in freedom, the Federal Republic of Germany. Because of that we can say that we can make our independent policies and make independent decisions. That is very good, especially for people in eastern Germany.”

Merkel also defended Germany’s role in NATO, and pointed out that German soldiers are still fighting for US interests in Afghanistan after the US invoked NATO’s mutual defense clause following the September 11, 2001 attacks.

“Germany is the second-largest provider of troops, the largest part of our military capacity is offered to NATO and until today we have a strong engagement toward Afghanistan. In that we also defend the interests of the United States,” she said.

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Source:: Business Insider

      

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