Chancellor Merkel Congratulates Donald Trump
Enlarge image Chancellor Merkel in Berlin on November 9 (© picture alliance / abaca) Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke by phone with US President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday and once again congratulated him on his election victory. She said she was looking forward to welcoming him in Germany, at the latest next year at the G20 summit, according to deputy government spokesperson Georg Streiter.
The phone call followed her letter of congratulation to Donald Trump on Wednesday, in which she re-emphasized the deep relationship Germany has with America.
"You will assume office at a time in which our countries are jointly facing many different challenges.
"Germany’s ties with the United States of America are deeper than with any country outside of the European Union. Germany and America are bound by common values – democracy, freedom, as well as respect for the rule of law and the dignity of each and every person, regardless of their origin, skin color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or political views. It is based on these values that I wish to offer close cooperation, both with me personally and between our countries’ governments.
"Partnership with the United States is and will remain a keystone of German foreign policy, especially so that we can tackle the great challenges of our time: striving for economic and social well‑being, working to develop far‑sighted climate policy, pursuing the fight against terrorism, poverty, hunger, and disease, as well as protecting peace and freedom in the world.
"In the years ahead as president, I wish you a sure hand, every success, and God’s blessing."