Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, reminisced her own youth in East Germany dominated by the Soviet Union and said that Germany was independent in its policy choices. That was her response to Donald Trump’s opinion that Berlin was “totally controlled by Russia”, as Reuters reports.
Merkel said it on Wednesday, July 11 on the arrival at NATO Summit in Brussels just after “Trump’s startling tirade over German imports of Russian gas and its slowness to increase defense spending”.
“I have experienced myself how a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union. 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,” Germany’s Chancellor stated.
Besides, she defended the country’s contribution to the alliance which, according to the U.S. President, placed a big burden on the U.S. taxpayer.
“Germany does a lot for NATO. 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.