Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel forcefully denounced President Trump’s racist attacks this week telling four congresswomen of color to “go back” to their own “crime-infested” countries if they don’t like the U.S.
Merkel said Friday that Trump’s attacks “undermine America’s strength” and that she stands in “solidarity” with the women he attacked.
Speaking at her annual news conference in Berlin, Merkel said: “I distance myself from this decidedly and stand in solidarity with the women who were attacked.”
She added that from her perspective the “US’s strength lies exactly in the fact that people of very different nationalities contribute to the strength of the American people.”
“Those (President Trump’s statements) are sentiments which are very much in opposition to my impressions (about the US) which I strongly believe in and it is something that undermines America’s strength,” Merkel said.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau weighed in on the controversial “send her back” chant at President Trump’s Wednesday rally, calling it “hurtful, wrong and completely unacceptable.”
“I want everyone in Canada to know that those comments are completely unacceptable and should not be allowed, encouraged in Canada,” Mr. Trudeau said Thursday during a trade conference, according to the Canadian newspaper Globe and Mail.
“I think Canadians and indeed people around the world know exactly what I think about those particular comments. That is not how we do things in Canada,” Trudeau told a televised news conference in Petawawa, Ontario.
“A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian, and the diversity of our country is in fact one of our greatest strengths … and we will continue to defend that.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May said via a spokesperson that “the language used to refer to these women was completely unacceptable.”