Trump brands Merkel migrant policy ‘insane’
WASHINGTON – Agence France-PresseRepublican U.S. presidential frontrunner Donald Trump branded Angela Merkel’s welcoming of migrants to Germany “insane” and said the policy will only spark riots in the country.
“What’s happening in Germany, I always thought Merkel was, like, this great leader,” Trump said in comments aired Oct. 11 on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
“What she’s done in Germany is insane. It’s insane.”
Trump - whose popularity has soared in some quarters on his anti-immigration platform - said that Europe was “going to have to handle” the migration crisis, but warned: “They’re going to have riots in Germany.”
Germany is expected to receive between 800,000 and one million asylum seekers this year, and Chancellor Merkel has insisted that her country can manage the large numbers, part of a surge of migrants to Europe.
Trump reiterated his position that the United States should not take in the refugees, repeating previous comments that he believes the migrants look to be mostly “strong men” who look like “prime-time soldiers” from the jihadist cause.
“This could be the greatest Trojan horse,” he added, echoing what has become a talking point for him over the past week.