German Chancellor Angela Merkel fired back at President Donald Trump’s claim that her country is “totally controlled by Russia” Wednesday ahead of their meeting at NATO.
“I have experienced myself how a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union,” Merkel said in a statement to Reuters, referring to her upbringing in communist East Germany. “I’m very glad that today we are united in freedom … because of that we can say that we can make our independent policies and make independent decisions.”
Her comment came in response to Trump’s claim that Germany was “totally controlled” by Russia.
“Germany as far as I am concerned is captive to Russia, because it’s getting so much of its energy from Russia,” Trump said to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. “So we’re supposed to protect Germany, but they’re getting their energy from Russia. Explain that — and it can’t be explained, you know that.”
“Germany is totally controlled by Russia, because they will getting between 60 and 70 percent of their energy from Russia and a new pipeline, and you tell me if that is appropriate, because I think it’s not, and I think it’s 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.”