Merkel Responds to Trump's 'Captive' Comment: I Grew Up In A Country Captive To Soviet Russia

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel responded to President Trump's assertion earlier Wednesday morning that Germany is "captive to Russia," remarking she grew up in a country, East Germany, that was controlled by Soviet Russia.

"I am very happy that today we are united in freedom, the Federal Republic of Germany," Merkel said at a press conference. "Because of that we can say that we can make our independent policies and make independent decisions."

ANGELA MERKEL, CHANCELLOR OF GERMANY: 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 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 towards Afghanistan. In that we also defend the interests of the United States.


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