Merkel, May, others criticise Trump backs US congresswomen

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel has expressed her solidarity with the four US Democratic congresswomen who were attacked by the US President, Donald Trump.

At a news conference in Berlin on Friday, Ms Merkel said, “I firmly distance myself from (the attacks) and I feel solidarity with the four US congresswomen.

“The strength of America lies in that people from different (origins) contributed to what makes the country great,” she added.

Donald Trump has been widely accused of racism for saying that the congresswomen should “go back” to the countries they came from.

Mr Trump denied allegations of racism but his remarks were widely called racist and were criticised by the leaders of several US allies, including the UK prime minister Theresa May, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Canada’s prime minster, Justin Trudeau.

However, senior Republicans remained silent. Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin said, “I don’t find [the remarks] racist, the president just went on and clarified his comments.”

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