Lara Trump says Merkel welcoming refugees 'was the downfall of Germany' and Twitter has thoughts

Elise Solé
Lara Trump called Chancellor Angela Merkel's 2015 immigration policy "the downfall of Germany" in a Fox Business interview. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lara Trump said Chancellor Angela Merkel’s immigration policy “was the downfall of Germany,” which was followed by a sarcastic history drill on Twitter.

On Thursday, in discussion with Fox Business host Stuart Varney, President Trump’s daughter-in-law equated Tuesday’s migrant caravan, traveling from Mexico to the U.S. border on a train dubbed “The Beast,” to Merkel’s 2015 allowance of more than 1 million refugees into Germany, as a “humanitarian” gesture.

“It was the downfall of Germany,” Lara told Varney, after he initiated the comparison. “It was one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany. This President knows that, he’s trying to prevent that from happening here, but Congress has got to get their act together and do the right thing for the American people.”

According to Politico, two years after Merkel permitted refugees fleeing war in Middle Eastern countries, she told the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, “It was an extraordinary situation and I made my decision based on what I thought was right from a political and humanitarian standpoint.”

Conceding that the German border could have been tightened, Merkel also said, “I’d make all the important decisions of 2015 the same way again.”

Twitter responded to Lara, the president's campaign adviser.

“Um, I can think of something worse than happened in Germany,” tweeted someone, joining others who quoted the Holocaust and Hitler’s reign.



Lara, who is expecting her second child with husband and first son Eric Trump, earned tepid feedback when their baby news broke. Among the social media remarks was a nod to the president’s hardline immigration practices: “We’re full.”

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