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

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Donald Trump have a very different relationship from what she had with former President Barack Obama.

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 is totally controlled by Russia, because they will be getting from 60-70% of their energy from Russia and a new pipeline,” Trump said. “You tell me if that’s appropriate, because I think it’s not, and I think it’s a very bad thing for NATO, and I don’t think it should have happened. And I think we have to talk to Germany about it.”

It seems hard to believe that less than two years ago, Germany was one of the US’ closest allies, and Merkel was working harmoniously with former President Barack Obama.

Merkel and Obama not only shared perspectives on various issues — they were also close friends. These 11 photos show just how different Merkel’s relationship has been with the two American presidents.

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