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Mansi Khandelwal

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Angela Merkel Gave This Befitting Reply To Trump’s Victory

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  •  November 10, 2016


Yesterday when the world poured out both their love and hatred for the newly elected American President, Donald Trump, there was a leader who congratulated him with her carefully sweet worded yet sharp response.

Angela Merkel reacted to Trump’s victory taking a dig at his divisive rhetoric he used during his campaign. She said she would only offer “close cooperation” depending on his commitment to equal rights. Merkel who hasn’t forgotten his divisive campaign said 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, skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or political views.

While Theresa May simply congratulated Trump and said she was sure Britain and the US would remain “close partners”, Angela Merkel gave a not so subtle speech post his victory.

In her speech she said,

“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.”

She added that she had – like many others – “watched the election results with trepidation”.

“The election campaign this year was a particular one with some confrontations that were difficult to stomach,” said Merkel.

Her words and remarks are issued as a pointed warning to Trump, who has called for all 1.6 billion members of a religion to be banned from the US to prevent terror attacks.

The PM said: “Britain and the United States have an enduring and special relationship based on the values of freedom, democracy, and enterprise.

“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.”

Jeremy Corbyn wasn’t hopeful of Trump’s election, and said it had 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,” he added.

Also amidst this victory, there are Guardian’s political editor and The Times’ Asia Editor who tweeted:



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