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11 photos show how close Merkel was with Obama, and how different things are with Trump

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Jesco Denzel/German Federal Government via AP; Samantha Lee/Business Insider
The NATO summit in Brussels has put the strained relationship between President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel back in the spotlight.
Over the past year and a half, Trump has consistently attacked Germany over trade and accused them of not contributing their fair share to NATO's budget, leading to several tense interactions between him and Merkel.
Based on Trump's remarks at a Wednesday breakfast meeting with NATO's general secretary, things won't seem to be getting better anytime soon.
"Germany...
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NATO allies are talking about breaking away from the US, but Trump isn't their only problem

NATO allies are talking about breaking away from the US, but Trump isn't their only problem

4 monthes ago   |   By

Sean Gallup/Getty Imagess
President Donald Trump keeps blasting NATO over what he sees as the alliance members' shortcomings.
His pressure appears to have led to renewed calls among NATO members for more emphasis on domestic defense capacity, rather than reliance on the US.
These deepen existing fault lines within NATO, and the bloc's future is not certain.
President Donald Trump began this week's NATO summit with more broadsides against US allies, tarring Germany as " totally controlled by Russia " and again exhorting members to increase domestic defense spending to "2% of GDP...
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