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Merkel Rebukes Trump for His Attacks Against Minority Congresswomen

Arne Delfs and Patrick Donahue
(Bloomberg) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered an uncharacteristically blunt rebuke of President Donald Trump’s attacks on minority congresswomen, saying the U.S. leader’s position undermines the values that helped make the country successful.“The strength of America, from my perspective, is that it’s a country in which people from many different nationalities have contributed,” Merkel told reporters in Berlin on Friday. Trump’s calls for the four elected officials to return to where they came from are “something that counteracts America’s strength.”Eager to preserve a beleaguered transatlantic relationship against Trump’s threats over trade, defense spending and energy, the German leader typically adopts a measured tone when it comes to the combative U.S. president. Her most recent critique -- a takedown of the president’s leadership style at a Harvard University commencement address in May -- didn’t refer to Trump by name.But Merkel opted to speak directly against Trump’s volley at the congresswomen, termed racist by Democrats and some Republicans. The incident was capped by broadly condemned Trump-rally chants of “send her back” -- directed at Somalia-born Representative Ilhan Omar, an American citizen from Minnesota.Asked whether she rejected the comments against Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Merkel doubled down.“I distance myself decisively” from the comments and “feel solidarity” with the women, Merkel said.\--With assistance from Birgit Jennen.To contact the reporters on this story: Arne Delfs in Berlin at adelfs@bloomberg.net;Patrick Donahue in Berlin at pdonahue1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at bsills@bloomberg.net, Chris Reiter, Iain RogersFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

(Bloomberg) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered an uncharacteristically blunt rebuke of President Donald Trump’s attacks on minority congresswomen, saying the U.S. leader’s position undermines the values that helped make the country successful.

“The strength of America, from my perspective, is that it’s a country in which people from many different nationalities have contributed,” Merkel told reporters in Berlin on Friday. Trump’s calls for the four elected officials to return to where they came from are “something that counteracts America’s strength.”

Eager to preserve a beleaguered transatlantic relationship against Trump’s threats over trade, defense spending and energy, the German leader typically adopts a measured tone when it comes to the combative U.S. president. Her most recent critique -- a takedown of the president’s leadership style at a Harvard University commencement address in May -- didn’t refer to Trump by name.

But Merkel opted to speak directly against Trump’s volley at the congresswomen, termed racist by Democrats and some Republicans. The incident was capped by broadly condemned Trump-rally chants of “send her back” -- directed at Somalia-born Representative Ilhan Omar, an American citizen from Minnesota.

Asked whether she rejected the comments against Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Merkel doubled down.

“I distance myself decisively” from the comments and “feel solidarity” with the women, Merkel said.

--With assistance from Birgit Jennen.

To contact the reporters on this story: Arne Delfs in Berlin at adelfs@bloomberg.net;Patrick Donahue in Berlin at pdonahue1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at bsills@bloomberg.net, Chris Reiter, Iain Rogers

For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com

©2019 Bloomberg L.P.