Schumer, Pelosi: Trump's Germany comments an 'embarrassment'
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Congressional Democratic leadership blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE on Wednesday after he called Germany a "captive" of Russia, saying his comment at a NATO meeting "is an embarrassment." 

“President Trump’s brazen insults and denigration of one of America’s most steadfast allies, Germany, is an embarrassment. His behavior this morning is another profoundly disturbing signal that the president is more loyal to [Russian] President [Vladimir] Putin than to our NATO allies," Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle READ: President Trump’s exclusive interview with Hill.TV The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump slams Sessions in exclusive Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiTrump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada Lawmakers consider easing costs on drug companies as part of opioids deal New grounds for impeachment? House Dem says Trump deserves it for making society worse MORE (D-N.Y.) said in a joint statement. 
 
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Trump sparked a war of words with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after he said a gas pipeline deal with Russia made the country a "captive" to Moscow and urged NATO to assess the situation. Merkel fired back, saying that the country is "united in freedom." 
 
The NATO meeting in Brussels comes ahead of a one-on-one meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin scheduled for early next week. The meeting has sparked concerns in Europe, as well as with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, who worry Trump could end up making major concessions. 
 
Schumer and Pelosi added on Wednesday that if Trump leaves the Putin meeting without "ironclad assurances and concrete steps toward a full cessation of Russian attacks on our democracy," it will be a "failure" and a "grave step backward for the future of the international order and global security." 
 
“The president needs to remember that, as Commander-in-Chief, his duty is to protect the American people from foreign threats, not to sell out our democracy to Putin," they added.