- Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law and an official on his campaign, said during a Fox Business interview on Thursday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to open Germany’s doors to Middle Eastern refugees “led to the downfall of Germany.”
- Trump made the comments during a discussion of the president’s attempts to crack down on Central and South Americans seeking asylum.
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Lara Trump, President Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law and an official on his campaign, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s 2015 decision to open the country’s doors to Middle Eastern refugees “led to the downfall of Germany.”
“It was one of the worst things to ever happen to Germany,” Trump said during a Fox Business interview on Thursday. “This president knows that. He’s trying to prevent that from happening here. But Congress has got to get their act together and do the right thing for the American people.”
Trump, who is married to the president’s son Eric, made her comments after the Fox host Stuart Varney said that a caravan of Central American migrants reminded him of the millions of refugees who made perilous journeys to Europe in 2015.
Merkel allowed more than 1 million refugees into Germany in 2015 during a migrant crisis spurred by violent conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
The president has repeatedly slammed the German leader’s decision and has accused her of “ruining” Germany as a result. He falsely claimed last year that crime in Germany was “way up” as a result of migration. While overall crime fell by 9% in Germany in 2017, a 25-year low, violent crime rose by 10% in 2015 and 2016.
Germany’s domestic debate over immigration policy has also helped fuel the rise of right-wing nationalism and a political party, Alternative for Germany, that has been tied to and cheered by some neo-Nazis.
On Fox Business, Trump campaign official Lara Trump claims that "the downfall of Germany" was ….. [squints at notes] …. Merkel's decision to allow refugees into the country.
"It was one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany," she adds. pic.twitter.com/wm4OerUtFP
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 25, 2019