What they're saying: Lawmakers respond to Trump's Germany slam

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During today's NATO summit in Brussels, German Chancellor Angela Merkel responded to President Donald Trump’s comments that Germany is “totally controlled by Russia” due to an oil and gas deal between Russia and Germany. Merkel responded with her experience growing up in East Germany, saying, "It is good that we are independent today.”

The backdrop: Current and former U.S. lawmakers are rebuking the exchange, saying that Trump's comment about Russia and Germany was unacceptable — or outright calling it out as false.