Sen. Orrin Hatch took focus on President Donald Trump’s assertion that Germany is "totally controlled by Russia" Wednesday, nevertheless he doesn’t agree and this the U.S. leader is usually "too critical."
"I would not agree with that," the Utah Republican told reporters. "The governments wouldn’t go along with that."
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Hatch proceeded to vouch for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, explaining they had recently met and hubby has "the very best opinion" of her and her government.
"They are predominant people," Hatch said. "I recently met personally with Angela Merkel, and that i have the highest opinion of her, and those who are along with her.
"I feel sometimes [Trump] can be a little too critical of your other counterparts, so i don’t even think he should be critical," the senator took. "She’s great."
Trump made the controversial claim Wednesday on the opening on the highly anticipated NATO summit in Brussels. His remarks, that had been broadcast live, took many of those present aback.
"I want to say, I think it is rather sad when Germany makes a massive oil and coal contend with Russia where we’re supposed to be guarding against Russia," Trump said over breakfast with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. "We’re expected to protect via Russia, but are paying quantities of dollars to Russia, but that’s very inappropriate."
Trump looked like there was referencing the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, that’s slated to give gas from Russia to Germany. The U.S. and several EU members oppose the project, believing may well give Vladimir Putin with additional control in the country as well as the surrounding region.
Merkel pushed back against Trump’s claim later that particular day, telling reporters that her nation is "united in freedom." Referencing her childhood growing up in communist Germany, the chancellor underscored the country’s power to assert its autonomy.
"I’ve experienced myself portion of Germany controlled via the Soviet Union for thrilled today that we’re united in freedom because Federal Republic of Germany," Merkel said. "[I] can thus express that we can easily determine all of our policies making our decisions."
Emmanuel Macron also spoke out contrary to the accusation. Asked whether he agreed with Trumps earlier statements, french president responded no.