Published: Sat, July 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Merkel criticises Trump comments on congresswomen AP, Berlin

Merkel criticises Trump comments on congresswomen AP, Berlin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized President Donald's Trump's comments that four Democratic congresswomen should "go back" to where they came from, saying the idea "contradicts America's strength", and expressed "solidarity with the attacked women".

Merkel said she was confident her protegee would do a good job with the defense portfolio, which has proven a poisoned chalice for several recent predecessors.

The chancellor, who made the comments on Friday during her annual press event, said the country's strength is derived from the contributions of people from many backgrounds, and that Trump's comments - first expressed on Twitter and repeated to his supporters at a campaign rally - run "counter to this impression".

She has no history of serious health issues.

She later explained that her condition was caused by extreme heat, but a week later the shaking occurred again while the head of government was sitting in an office talking to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

"As a person, I have a strong personal interest in my health and, as I said, 2021 is the conclusion of my political work", Merkel told reporters, adding with a smile: "But then I hope there will be another life (after politics)".

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that Europe's largest economy was in a "somewhat more hard phase" after a decade of growth, adding that gave grounds to try to stimulate the domestic economy.

The chancellor, who has loomed large on the European stage since 2005, is trying to stage-manage a slow-motion exit from politics and in December gave up the chair of her Christian Democrats to protege Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.

New Zealand's leader Jacinda Ardern said she "completely and utterly" disagreed with Trump.

Merkel, who turned 65 this week, recalled that she has ruled out seeking a fifth term as chancellor.

He denied that he was racist, but said he didn't care about being accused of racism: "It doesn't concern me, because many people agree with me".

Merkel also described Trump's stance as something that "that thwarts America's strength", and said that this strength is that the United States is somewhere that "people of very different nationalities have contributed to the strength of this people".

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