Amidst Mr. Trump’s war on immigrant families, he is trying to do anything in his power to make his administration look good even if it means totally twisting or making up facts to fit his tyrannical agenda. He is somehow trying to justify the heartbreaking abuse and separation of children and their parents at the border, as if anything should ever justify that.
On Tuesday, he attempted to cite German immigration statistics inaccurately and got a mouthful handed to him by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. According to Reuters:
‘Chancellor Angela Merkel coolly rebuffed U.S. President Donald Trump’s assertion that migrants were behind a surge in crime in Germany, pointing to statistics that showed crime was in fact down.’
Trump fired off a series of ridiculous tweets on Monday ranting about immigration while essentially making up facts about Germany and Europe, which ended up backfiring on him. Trump said:
‘Crime in Germany is way up. Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!’
On Tuesday, he continued his tirade, by following up with another made up statistic. He tweeted:
‘Crime in Germany is up 10% plus (officials do not want to report these crimes) since migrants were accepted. Others countries are even worse. Be smart America!’
Merkel told a news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron when asked about a recent flurry of tweets from Trump:
‘My answer is that the interior minister presented the crime statistics a short while ago and they speak for themselves. We are seeing a slight positive development. We must always do more to fight criminality. But they were very encouraging numbers.’
‘Statistics published last month showed that overall crime fell 9.6 percent in Germany in 2017.’
Back in January, a government sponsored study showed that violent crime had risen by about ten percent in 2015 and 2016. In 2015, Merkel faced criticism for her decision to open Germany’s borders to hundreds of thousands of migrants. The refugees were mostly asylum seekers who had crossed by sea from Turkey to Greece and overland through the Balkans.
Here are some reactions from Twitter:
According to Reuter’s:
‘His tweets come amid a storm of criticism from Democrats and some Republicans for his administration’s policy of detaining immigrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.’
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker commented on the issue, saying:
‘(It is) not the American president’s role to speculate – as he did yesterday – that the German people would march towards the chancellery to remove Mrs Merkel.’
Juncker went on to say:
‘Mr Trump may govern the USA, he doesn’t govern Europe.’
In recent days, it has become more unbearable to view the pictures and read the reports of children being separated at the U.S./Mexico border. ProPublica released a heart-wrenching audio recording of young children crying relentlessly as they were being separated from their parents. America cannot afford to accept anymore of the hatred and abuse that is happening to innocent children who have committed no crimes.
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