Merkel congratulates and warns Trump

Angela has done the diplomatic thing and congratulated Donald Trump, but has also warned him about “shared values”.

Deutsche Welle: Merkel congratulates Trump as politicians express shock

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has congratulated Donald Trump on his win in the US presidential election, before underlining the importance of their countries’ relationship and reminding the president-elect of their shared values.

“Whoever the American people elect as their president in free and fair elections, that has a significance far beyond the USA,” the chancellor said in Berlin on Wednesday.

“Germany and America are bound by their values: democracy, freedom, the respect for the law and the dignity of human beings, independent of their origin, skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political position,” she added. “On the basis of these values I offer the future president of the United States, Donald Trump, close cooperation.”

Perhaps Metiria Turei and the Greens could learn something from this approach. See Greens versus Donald Trump.

The initial cooperation between the two countries is likely to be tense. At one point in his election campaign, Trump described Merkel’s immigration policy as “a total disaster,” and the immediate reaction to his victory across Germany’s political spectrum was shock and uncertainty.

Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen put a brave face on as she became the first senior member of Merkel’s government to offer her comments. Trump’s win, she said, was a “heavy shock.”

“Of course, we Europeans know as NATO partners that Donald Trump will ask himself what we are contributing to the alliance,” the conservative member of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) told TV network ARD. “But we will also be asking, what is your position on the alliance? Many questions are open. A responsible and open America is in our interests.

“I also think that Donald Trump knows that this wasn’t an election for him, but against Washington, against the establishment,” von der Leyen added.

Many did vote for Trump, he had an enthusiastic and strong support base, but anti-Clinton and  anti-Washington votes clearly made the difference between losing and winning.

Since Trump was confirmed as president elect he has moderated his comments substantially, even praising Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama.

He will have to learn that international diplomacy is a very different skill to business wheeling and dealing, and also to ‘reality show’ television.

Merkel is under pressure in Germany politically but she has a lot of experience dealing with difficult leaders and awkward and complex international issues.

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5 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  11th November 2016

    Probably not the best idea for her to lecture him on anything at the moment. Or ever.

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  2. Corky

     /  11th November 2016

    “Whoever the American people elect as their president in free and fair elections, that has a significance far beyond the USA,” the chancellor said in Berlin on Wednesday.”

    No need to tell me Angie… unlike many, I know whose my one and only protector.

    Talking of protection. Apparently Obama and the whanau get security for 10 years after leaving office. It used to be for life..until Obama changed the law. What an irony if he was leaded in his 11th year after leaving office.

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  3. MartusAbdias

     /  13th November 2016

    Merkel reminds Trump of all the values most Germans share with most Americans.
    Yet she continues to turn ruin German culture and values by letting in people who share none of the same values.
    When did helping for war refugees mean inviting to live in your nation?

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