"I wanted to say that, because of current events, I have witnessed this myself, that a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union. And I am very happy that we are today unified in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany," she said in an arrival statement at the NATO Summit Wednesday, according to an English translation of her remarks.
"I grew up in the part of Germany that was not free, the German Democratic Republic. For many years I dreamed of freedom, just as many others did -- also of the freedom to travel to the United States," she said then.
"Germany is a captive of Russia," Trump said at a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. "It's very inappropriate."
"I think it's something that NATO has to look at," Trump said. "Germany is totally controlled by Russia."
Trump's comments drew pushback from Stoltenberg, who defended the importance of the alliance's defense goals.
CNN's Jeremy Diamond and Stephanie Halasz contributed to this report.