German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, commented on Donald Trump becoming the Presidential-elect. She gave a carefully worded response when addressing the media, regarding his off-putting comments he used during his campaign.
Theresa May, who is Prime Minister of Great Britain, simply congratulated Trump on his election to the 45th President of The United States, but Merkel has other words for the newly elected president.
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Merkel said she would only offer “close cooperation” dependent on President Trump’s commitment to equal rights. The German Chancellor has been a driving force behind the EU’s acceptance of refugees and cited her relationship with Trump would only succeed if he upheld “the dignity of man, independent of origin.”
She said, “Germany and America are connected by values of democracy, freedom, and respect for the law and the dignity of man, independent of origin, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or political views.”
Merkel does want relations between German and the United States to stay strong. “I offer the next President of the United States close cooperation on the basis of these values. The partnership with the United States is and remains a foundation of German foreign policy,” Merkel said.
The remarks likely originated from Trump calling to ban Muslims in the United States to prevent or minimize terrorist attacks. Merkel said she and many others “watched the election results with trepidation.” Her response to the newly elected president was far more hostile than the Prime Minster of Britain. PM May said the US and Britain would remain “close partners.”
The PM said: “Britain and the United States have an enduring and special relationship based on the values of freedom, democracy, and enterprise.”
She explained, “We are, and will remain, strong and close partners on trade, security, and defense. I look forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump, building on these ties to ensure the security and prosperity of our nations in the years ahead.”
British politician, Jeremy Corbyn has some less than desirable words for Trump, after he said the election left many Britons “shocked.”
“Some of Trump’s answers to the big questions facing America, and the divisive rhetoric around them, are clearly wrong,” he said. “I have no doubt, however, that the decency and common sense of the American people will prevail, and we send our solidarity to a nation of migrants, innovators and democrats…
“The urgent necessity is now for us all to work across continents to tackle our common global challenges: to secure peace, take action on climate change and deliver economic prosperity and justice.”