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Angela Merkel Jabs Trump in Harvard Commencement Speech

Speaking at Harvard University, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's advice to graduates to "tear down walls" wasn't her only subtle swipe at President Donald Trump.

Merkel Takes a Swipe at Trump in Harvard Commencement

German Chancellor Angela Merkel took some subtle shots at President Trump during her higher education commencement speech at Harvard University. The line in her speech — evoking President Ronald Reagan's "tear down this wall" speech — was cheered with a standing ovation among the Harvard graduates, faculty and others who watched the university's 368th commencement from Harvard Yard.

Merkel, the chancellor of Germany since 2005, didn’t mention the president by name, but he was the clear target with her central theme being breaking down "walls." One of Trump's defining policy proposals is a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

She rebuked the current administration mostly on foreign policy. Trump has defied the traditional Western alliance that first emerged following World War II by questioning America's role in the North Atlantic Trade Organization. He's said NATO has benefited Europe more than the U.S. Merkel slammed Trump's approach to trade as well, telling the crowd, "Protectionism and trade conflicts jeopardize free international trade and thus the very foundations of our prosperity.” Trump has engaged in trade wars by increasing tariffs on exports from China and threatening to do the same with Mexico.

In other digs at Trump, the chancellor warned against acting on "first impulses" in politics and to value honesty. The focus on "walls" began at the beginning of her speech when Merkel traced her upbringing in Communist-controlled East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall, which she grew up near. She said the people in 1989 brought it down – something she once thought was not possible. She told Harvard's graduating class of 2019 to never take freedom or individual liberties for granted and to prioritize people and human dignity as technology advances.

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05/31/2019 6:21 PMupdated: 05/31/2019 6:41 PM
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46 comments

  • Alex E.
    05/31/2019 18:24

    We need to secure our borders. Put the USA first.

  • Azuwueze O.
    05/31/2019 18:25

    I like angela a true liberal

  • Dragan G.
    05/31/2019 18:27

    debeli čips

  • Davon R.
    05/31/2019 18:28

    She kept it 💯 too

  • Nevin S.
    05/31/2019 18:28

    i ain't working for you angela, why should anyone take your advice

  • Alexis D.
    05/31/2019 18:31

    Unlock your car doors, someone might be more deserving 😂

  • Steve S.
    05/31/2019 18:44

    Since you have torn down your walls you violence and terrorism is way up, rape is at its highest.welfare at all time high.ya sounds totally worth it.

  • Dan I.
    05/31/2019 18:48

    open your euro purse Angie……..

  • Victor A.
    05/31/2019 18:50

    SHE SHOULD OPEN HER DOORS OF HER OWN HOME AND LET ALL THE REFUGEES MOVE IN WITH HER BET IT DOESN'T HAPPEN CAUSE SHE IS AN ELITIST GLOBAL LOVING IDIOT THAT'S HAS DESTROYED HER COUNTRY

  • Doru R.
    05/31/2019 18:51

    Invite 10 millions refugees,please. Germany needs them

  • Juan P.
    05/31/2019 19:09

    What's so hard to understand about America first?

  • Brut
    05/31/2019 19:11

    Angela Merkel met with President Obama and President Trump on the same day — but her relationships with each of the presidents are very different.

  • Randy C.
    05/31/2019 19:13

    Deceiving our youth just like they were your own. Go Home to the muslim hell you have created.

  • Stella L.
    05/31/2019 19:36

    Get rid of this lady already, she hasn’t done anything for her country, so leave our President alone. Your problem is he can see right thru you and what a phony you are

  • David M.
    05/31/2019 19:37

    Podrán hacer los muros más altos pero sino te acoplas te pasan... 5G a la vanguardia de ¿China..Nacionalista?

  • Shanti U.
    05/31/2019 20:09

    She rocks🤘🤘🤘

  • Hassnain A.
    05/31/2019 21:07

    ! What a lady

  • Timothy J.
    05/31/2019 21:49

    👑

  • Farida F.
    05/31/2019 23:51

    Wonderschon

  • Joel M.
    06/01/2019 04:36

    She's a failure in her country and now she wants to bring that failure here.