UPDATED 1:10 PM PT — Wed. July 11, 2018
President Trump said he has a great relationship with Germany, and with the country’s leader.
He made the remarks after a sit-down meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the NATO summit in Brussels Wednesday.
President Trump also criticized Germany’s dependence on Russian energy sources.
Merkel and the president talked about military expenses and economic ties, with the president saying trade between the two nations may be increasing.
“You’ve had tremendous success and I congratulate you,” said President Trump. “And I believe our trade will increase and lots of other things will increase, but we’ll see what happens over the next period of few months.”
Merkel said she was grateful for the opportunity to meet with the president to discuss economic ties and discuss the migrant crisis in Europe. She said she hopes to continue their partnership into the future.
The president also met with French President Emmanuel Macron Wednesday in Brussels.
During a briefing, President Trump called Macron his friend and a great leader. He also applauded the French president’s efforts to implement change in France.