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    After viewing footage of a speech by US President-elect Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is less confident about his acumen as a statesman, and anticipates difficult relations between Europe and the United States in coming years.

    Merkel watched an hour-long video of Trump on a stop in Pennsylvania during his Thank You Tour, a kind of victory lap the billionaire is taking around the country after his unexpected November win. She advised the national executive committee of her center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Party to watch the speech as well, remarking that, "It is interesting to see the thought environment he inhabits,” according to Spiegel. 

    When Trump lambasted the American press in his speech, calling them "the world's most dishonest people," Merkel reportedly questioned his political maturity, but what really captured her attention was when the real-estate magnate remarked, "There is no such thing as a global anthem, a global currency, a global flag. We salute one flag, and that is the American flag."

    The German chancellor took these comments as an indication of Trump’s nascent foreign policy, calling it “culturally interesting.” She pointed out to the committee the reality-television star’s “America first” tunnel-vision on domestic issues and his plans to enact sweeping tax cuts, especially for the wealthy.

    Though Merkel remained fairly tight-lipped during the US election and even considered  Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s labeling of Trump as a "hate preacher" inappropriate, she reportedly does not have high hopes for the President-elect’s administration. 

    Following the election she soberly commented that, "Germany and America are connected by values of democracy, freedom and respect for law," noting her willingness to work with Trump on the "basis of these values."

    Merkel and her staff expressed dismay at Trump’s online presence and his refusal to abandon his Twitter account, where he routinely lashes out at critics and cranks out knee-jerk reactions to any perceived attack.

    He also confused some by using the platform to encourage British Prime Minister Theresa May to appoint political rival Nigel Farage as Britain’s representative to Washington.  

    In November, Trump tweeted, "Many people would like to see @Nigel_Farage represent Great Britain as their Ambassador to the United States. He would do a great job!"

    Representatives in the UK responded by reminding the President-elect of their responsibility to choose that post.

    Trump was complementary to Merkel in 2015, commented that she was "probably the greatest leader in the world today," but when Germany’s refugee crisis hit, the controversial right winger quickly changed his tune, saying, "What she's done in Germany is insane. It's insane." He also insulted Democratic Party rival Hillary Clinton during the election by calling the former US Secretary of State "America’s Merkel."

    Trump’s response to Germany’s present political and social climate is unsurprising, given the virulent anti-immigrant tone of his campaign, which included labeling undocumented immigrants as criminals and rapists, and his infamous call to construct a wall cordoning off the almost 2000-mile border between Mexico and the US.

    Pundits have noted a right-wing geopolitical shift following Britain’s vote to exit the European Union, motivated largely by the kind of anti-immigrant sentiment that helped Trump gain the presidency. Shortly after Trump’s victory, Frauke Petry, leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) spoke of regional immigration and tax issues saying, "The issues that moved the detached middle class in America to vote for Trump are issues we face in Europe."

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    • anne00marie
      I doubt that President Elect Trump thinks much of her, or the company she respects.
    • marcanhalt
      Hopefully, Trumpism will help enliven the will of so many Germans who have been lying dormant for far too long, that they will rise up and throw "ugly does what ugly is" down the outside walls like Israel did with Jezebel. She IS NOT Germany and never was. She may have danced with Obama in the light of the pale moonlight, but she won't be anywhere on Trump's card.
    • jas
      I hate to break it to Merkel, but a guy like Trump will run circles around her.
    • Adrienne Adonis
      The Trump voters put Trump in the office for one reason only and that was to take care of America first. Not one voting American had Merkel in mind or the Problems of the EU. As far as Trumps voters are concerned , what ever European problems are is European problem. Each country should deal with their own issues. No one cares what Merkel thinks ...., she screwed up her own country by letting in a million raping migrants and her party recently came in 3 rd place in the preliminary voting so if I was her I would worry about her own political career and not worry about the US. Trump is not Obama. He won't plan on screwing the US.
    • jas
      There is no such thing as a global anthem, a global currency, a global flag...
      --
      And that upsets Merkel? Gives whole new meaning to her "immigration" policy, doesn't it?
    • Andrew J
      Thats one ugly creature in the photo. And deep in her cold heart she is even uglier. Wake up Germany or lose your country to islamist animals.
    • Adrienne Adonis
      Merkel is going to put up a fight to save face on the EU's decision on taking in millions of migrants. Merkel and her EU cronies can't look bad to the Europeans that their decion was a wrong decision. With Trump winning and Brexit and possibly Italy , Greece and Spain to follow ....... It's a warning to the liberal socialists that people are refusing to accept the EU 's liberal policies. So as long as Merkel continues her twisted narrative more countries will begin to close its borders.
    • Darrell R
      Before Merkel criticizes Trump over what he has to say about the press, she needs to come to the US and sit in a doctors waiting room for an hour while CNN is on and see if she doesn't have a change of heart about that.
    • ivanwa88
      Merkel knows her days are counting down exactly as Obama's they can both continue there insanity privately as they watch how it should have been done by real people not sexiest freaks.
    • Natasha Haas
      Mrs. Angela should worry about Mrs Frauke and Mrs Marine instead of Mr Donald. Her nightmarish vision of a globalist corporate owned world must be stopped. Everyone deserves meat and potatoes for dinner not only the elites.
    • jasin reply toDarrell R(Show commentHide comment)
      Darrell R, Ha. Same here. I only see that TV when somebody else is watching it. The occasional exception is HGTV. That's often useful for the prices they quote and the thoughts of shark realtors.
    • kooka
      That gives me a slight hope for the future.
    • tom.hanko
      Sorry,but"....leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD)" ,
      "far right" is just ridiculous.
      The older partys in Germany turned completely to the left and far left,
      By this movement a party positining itself in the middle, is automatically turned to be on the right side.
      You can become a right party by only keeping older "middle" values.
    • topolcats
      Oh Merkel the puppet is offended as being called out correctly as a US puppet! LMAO
    • Mikhas
      Like animals brought up in captivity, the prospect of freedom gives these elite puppets angst and a sense of having been thrown under the bus. Washington wont shield them from their own population so what are the options for Merkel and her gang at the EU Politburo?

      More rapefugees and more "terrorist attacks". A lot more.
    • basho
      ""Germany and America are connected by values of democracy, freedom and respect for law," noting her willingness to work with Trump on the "basis of these values."

      democracy?
      respect for law?
      freedom?
      Germany?

      mutti merkle in lala land.
      she is on the wrong side of history, again.
    • PaleRider
      She will get her Bu++ kicked and rightfully so, but very politely. Her end is near and it cannot come too soon.
    • PaleRiderin reply totom.hanko(Show commentHide comment)
      tom.hanko, how right you are.
    • michael
      she's worried that she can't sell herself to him, I mean her actions...no that's not right either...her values (no, they're non-existent), she can't manipulate him...? Oh well, it probably doesn't matter, what with an election due this year. :) (sarcasm)
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