Merkel Says Europe Controls Its Own Fate in Rebuff to Trump

  • German chancellor says president-elect’s views already known
  • ‘My positions are also known,’ Merkel says in first comments

Merkel to Trump: Europe Controls Its Own Fate

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed back against U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s criticism of her refugee policy, the European Union and NATO, saying she’ll stay the course and keep striving for a strong, united Europe.

“We Europeans have our destiny in our own hands,” Merkel told reporters in Berlin on Monday in her first reaction to Trump’s comments in an interview with two European newspapers. “I will continue to work to ensure that the 27 member states work together effectively and, above all, in a forward-looking way,” she said, citing fields including the economy, combating terrorism and securing the EU’s outer borders.

Merkel said she wouldn’t comment on Trump’s emerging policy agenda before his inauguration on Friday. Once he’s in office, Germany will seek to work with his administration “on all levels,” she said.

“He has now set out his positions once again, but they’ve been known for a while,” Merkel said. “My positions are also known.”

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