German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's comments about Democratic lawmakers of color, saying they run counter to what she considers "the strength of America" and expressing solidarity with the women. "I distance myself firmly from this and feel solidarity with the three women who were attacked".
Trump kicked off the firestorm on Sunday when, using a racist slur, he told a group of progressive Democratic congresswomen on Twitter to "go back" to the "totally broken and crime infested" countries they come from. "This is about love for America, certain people hate our country", he tweeted on Tuesday, while repeating the same message to a rally on Wednesday.
Questions over racism are particularly sensitive in Germany given its Nazi past, and the government routinely speaks out forcefully in favour of tolerance and diversity.More news: How To Update Google Incognito So It's Actually More Private
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, smiles as she arrives for her annual sommer press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, July 19, 2019. She was then seen shaking on June 27 when she attended an event with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Tremors can be caused by a number of conditions, ranging from neurological disorders to less serious issues such as medicinal side effects, stress or caffeine consumption. After one such bout, a government official told Reuters that it was more a psychological issue as she tried desperately to avoid a repeat.
Asked how she was feeling, Ms Merkel added: "Good".More news: The C8 is the first Corvette available as right-hand drive
Merkel, who turned 65 this week, recalled that she has ruled out seeking a fifth term as chancellor.
"The party will decide who will be chancellor candidate", she said, adding that her Christian Democrats and their Bavarian sister party would do this together. That job was won by Merkel ally Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who has struggled to establish her authority and this week entered Merkel's Cabinet as defense minister - a move widely interpreted as being meant to strengthen her claim to the top job. All four of them are US citizens and three of them were born in the United States "I decisively distance myself from that and I feel solidarity with the. attacked women", Merkel told a news conference.More news: Oilers trade Lucic to Flames for Neal