"I've experienced myself a part of Germany controlled by the Soviet Union and I'm very happy today that we are united in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany and can thus say that we can determine our own policies and make our own decisions and that's very good", she said.
Arriving in Brussels, he said it was "totally inappropriate" that Germany was paying billions of dollars to Russian Federation for oil and gas while spending little over 1% of its GDP on defence.
Trump said: "We're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting all of these countries". Gazprom, the Russian state-owned energy company which has former German chancellor Gerhard Schroder on its books, is behind the project. "But other presidents never did anything about it because I don't think they understood it or they just didn't want to get involved".
On "America's Newsroom", former US ambassador to the United Nations and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) said meeting with Putin is the right move for Trump. Previous U.S. presidents have been raising the same issues in Brussels and Berlin for decades, sometimes in blunt words; President Barack Obama also complained about European "free riders".
Despite his assault on low-spending North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members, Mr Trump left the summit, after a number of high-profile clashes, with members reaffirming their commitment to the two percent target.
Yet Trump did not seem to get that message. NATO defense spending is "not money that is going to be put in some kitty at NATO", Benjamin said. "But no other president brought it up like I bring it up.it's an unfair burden on the United States".
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose country also lags on the two percent pledge, said the focus should be on "outputs" rather than on how much is spent.
"For Nord Stream, there are different views". But "despite differences", he said, alliance members agree "to protect and defend each other".
"It allows him to make his point that Russian Federation is not isolated, that Russian Federation is a great power, and to some extent can even claim an equal status with the United States, at least in the security field", said Kortunov.
Some Democratic lawmakers were quick to criticize the president for his remarks, questioning his desire for warmer relations with Moscow.
Back in the U.S., Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer issued a joint statement describing Trump's "brazen insults and denigration of one of America's most steadfast allies, Germany", as "an embarrassment". "This embarrassment below. That's what", referring to a video of Trump's comments. But that wasn't all that Trump hit allies about.