Angela Merkel criticizes racist comments made by Donald Trump



  |  Reuters

Today, German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized Donald Trump's racist comments against the Democratic congresswomen and expressed solidarity towards them.

Donald Trump made racist comments about four female congresswomen, telling them, via messages on his Twitter feed on Sunday, to return to their countries - though all were US citizens and all but one had been born in the US - after they expressed criticism against the US immigration policy.

Today, the German chancellor joined the chorus of criticism against the US President's attitude, rejecting his xenophobic and racist tenor and saying that the strength of the United States lies in its diversity and in the contributions of persons from many nationalities.

At a rally on Wednesday, Trump specifically addressed Somali-born Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who was born in Somalia before emigrating to the United States, and now integrates a more progressive section of the Democratic Party that has been particularly active in the opposition to the US President's immigration policies. The mention prompted Trump's supporters to chant 'send her back (home)'.

Several leaders, mostly Democrats but also some Republicans, have criticized Trump's comments, who last Thursday tried to distance himself from the chants heard during his rally for reelection in 2020, saying he tried to interrupt them.

'I distance myself from this decidedly and stand in solidarity with the women who were attacked', Angela Merkel told at a news conference today, referring to the group of congresswomen targeted by Trump - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.

Angela Merkel has been a strong advocate of a multilateral approach to geopolitical issues and has taken a welcoming approach to the flow of refugees and migrants in a country where the issue of racism is particularly sensitive, partly because of its Nazi past.

On Monday, British Prime Minister Theresa May also condemned the 'totally unacceptable' tenor of the US President's comments.