White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is trying to put a lid on all the commotion surrounding Chief of Staff John Kelly’s reaction when Trump said at a NATO summit working breakfast that “Germany is totally controlled by Russia.”
Almost immediately after Trump’s remark, you could see Kelly two seats over squirming in his seat, almost shaking his head in disbelief.
He immediately looked down, turned his head to the right, moved around a little and then scratched his head, all body language to suggest that he was suddenly highly annoyed.
Quite interesting to watch John Kelly's face in the background as Trump says that "Germany is totally controlled by Russia." (via ABC). pic.twitter.com/qJvj30a3zv
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 11, 2018
Press Secretary Sanders wanted to clarify what was actually happening: she said that Kelly was indeed “displeased” but it wasn’t about what people would think. Instead, he was mad because “he was expecting a full breakfast and there were only pastries and cheese.”
Sanders is suggesting that it was only a coincidence that Trump’s statement happened right before this.
It’s very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia where we’re supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year from Russia,” Trump said.
Trump received a sharp rebuke from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who spoke with reporters about it:
“I have experienced myself how a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union,” Merkel, who grew up in communist East Germany, she said.
“I am very happy that today we are united in freedom, the Federal Republic of Germany,” Merkel added. “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.”