President Trump came out swinging as expected Wednesday at the start of the NATO summit, but he went beyond his familiar criticism that nations such as Germany weren't spending enough on defense. Instead, he called attention to a proposed pipeline that would run gas under the Baltic Sea, from the Russian coast to Germany. The huge project makes Germany "captive" to Russia, Trump complained, and Merkel later bristled at the suggestion, though she didn't mention the US president. More details on the fallout and the pipeline itself:
- One on one: After the initial public comments, Trump and Merkel met one on one and emerged with much nicer diplo-speak. Trump described his relationship with the chancellor as "very, very good" and "tremendous," report the Wall Street Journal and the BBC, while Merkel said, "We are good partners and we wish to continue to cooperate in the future.” Democrats including Chuck Schumer blasted Trump's original marks, notes the Washington Post. "An embarrassment," said Schumer.