After the election, Donald Trump continues to make striking statements about the global refugee crisis and the European response to it. Firstly, he has criticized Merkel for her open-door policy on refugees. He told that he has always “had great respect” for Merkel but defined her policy as a “catastrophic mistake” that caused the rise of terrorism in Europe.
“I think she made one very catastrophic mistake and that was taking all of these illegals, you know, taking all of the people from wherever they come from,” the President said.
“And nobody even knows where they come from. So I think she made a catastrophic mistake, very bad mistake.”
He refers to the Berlin attack that killed 12 people in Dec 2016, “a clear impression” of the failed open-door policy of Germany.
Two days ago, (25 Jan), Trump has given an interview to ABC. The president maintains his criticisms despite all negative reactions from Germany:
“I’m gonna be the president of a safe country. We have enough problems. Now I’ll absolutely do safe zones in Syria for the people. I think that Europe has made a tremendous mistake by allowing these millions of people to go into Germany and various other countries. And all you have to do is take a look. It’s — it’s a disaster what’s happening over there.”