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.


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


  • William C.
    06/30/2019 00:07

    Is she going to pay for all of the free stuff when you don’t protect your country with borders? Germany is a mess under her as a Chancellor!

  • Daryl W.
    06/25/2019 02:31

    she should tear down the walls in germany and let millions of illegal immigrants come there so they can take care of them,,,,,,,,,,,,everybody in the world cant come to America to live,,,,,they have to make their home a better place to live,,,

  • Terry R.
    06/23/2019 23:08


  • Mary W.
    06/20/2019 20:48

    Words of wisdom. What a great change from what we have to endure daily from 45.

  • Peter C.
    06/15/2019 16:52

    Responsible for destroying Europe,

  • Mike M.
    06/12/2019 16:02

    She has ruined her country.

  • Katainoi K.
    06/09/2019 22:56

    She needs to ask them not to obey any law of the land! So all of them can enjoy being illegal!

  • Dilma S.
    06/07/2019 23:10

    Señora loca.

  • Agus T.
    06/06/2019 04:14

    Unfortunately those walls of ignorance and narrow mindedness are the ones who placed the orange turd on a position of power.

  • Diana G.
    06/06/2019 03:02

    lying globalist who has destroyed Germany

  • Victor R.
    06/05/2019 20:30

    Yeah she has thoroughly destroyed her country by importing the disease

  • Zach G.
    06/04/2019 20:08

    She told her own country that if they don't like the way she does things they should leave Germany nothing she says should anyone listen to

  • Nick N.
    06/04/2019 18:17

    Who says one has to follow her dictates. She's caused irreparable harm to Germany thru her open door policy. I see no virtue in following in her path and turning the US into a third world country.

  • Shirley G.
    06/04/2019 17:42

    well stay i your own country we dont need you here

  • Ali H.
    06/04/2019 01:28

    I agree with this lady

  • Muzaffar A.
    06/03/2019 07:03


  • Leonard C.
    06/03/2019 02:45

    Let this be a lesson to ALL Americans. This is how most of the rest of the world looks at Trump and the US. This is a truly sad commentary on Trump and how the rest of the world looks at us since he was elected.

  • Kevin B.
    06/02/2019 17:20

    So, uh, which one of these was the “subtle” one?

  • Billy D.
    06/02/2019 14:54

    She is a globalist/fascist.

  • Glenda C.
    06/02/2019 13:09

    She should mind her own business.

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