President Trump meets German leader after harsh comments

President Donald Trump met on Wednesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, hours after he publicly claimed that the longtime US ally was "totally controlled" by and "captive to Russia."

Trump has held talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Brussels, hours after he fiercely criticized German policy on defense spending and gas imports from Russia.

Earlier, Trump claimed a pipeline project had made Germany "totally controlled" by and "captive to Russia" during a combative breakfast that kicked off what was already expected to be a fraught NATO summit.

The tone of their remarks when they jointly addressed reporters afterward appeared businesslike.

"We're having a great meeting. We're discussing military expenditure, talking about trade," Trump said.

"We have a very, very good relationship with the Chancellor. We have a tremendous relationship with Germany."

Merkel said she had discussed migration and trade with Trump and looked forward to further exchanges as the US remained a partner of Germany.

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