Trump says relations with Germany are 'tremendous'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump pose for a photograph prior to a bilateral meeting on the sideline of a summit of heads of state and government at NATO headquarters in Brussels Wednesday, July 11, 2018. NATO leaders gather in Brussels for a two-day summit to discuss Russia, Iraq and their mission in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

BRUSSELS (AP) — President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have met after the U.S. leader publicly lambasted the longtime ally over its spending on national defense and a Russian oil pipeline.

Sitting down in Brussels, where both are attending a NATO summit, Trump described it as a "great meeting."

He says they discussed defense investment and trade, adding: "We have a tremendous relationship with Germany."

Merkel said she raised issues of migration and economic development with Trump.

Trump asserted earlier Wednesday that Germany is "totally controlled" by and "captive to Russia" because of a pipeline project. Trump told reporters that the pair discussed the pipeline during their meeting. He did not elaborate.

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