Merkel offers to 'work closely' with Trump after US vote

Merkel offers to 'work closely' with Trump after US vote"Germany and America share the values of democracy, freedom, respect for the rule of law and human dignity, regardless of origin, skin colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political belief," said Merkel.

"On the basis of these values, I offer close cooperation to the future president of the United States of America, Donald Trump."

Merkel also pointed to the global challenges Trump must tackle, saying that "whoever rules this country, with its tremendous economic might, military power and cultural impact, carries a responsibility that can be felt almost anywhere on Earth".

She stressed that "the partnership with the USA is and will remain the foundation of German foreign policy so that we can meet the great challenges of our times".

These included, she said, "the pursuit of economic and social prosperity, the struggle for forward-looking climate policy, the war on terrorism, poverty, hunger and disease, the pursuit of peace and freedom, in Germany, Europe and the world".

Trump was often critical of Merkel throughout his campaign, targeting in particular her liberal refugee policies.
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