Merkel has faith in her health and political protégée

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends her annual sommer press conference in Berlin Germany Friday

Angela Merkel ‘Stands in Solidarity’ With Congresswomen After Trump Attack

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday described U.S. President Donald Trump's tweets on four Democratic congresswomen as something that "counteracts America's strength".

"Those (President Trump's statements) are sentiments which are very much in opposition to my impressions (about the US) which I strongly believe in and it is something that undermines America's strength", Merkel said.

She added that from her perspective the "US's strength lies exactly in the fact that people of very different nationalities contribute to the strength of the American people". Then, after his comments were denounced as racist, he doubled down.

Trump has since tweeted that he would not have "a Racist bone" in his body.

Theresa May, the outgoing United Kingdom prime minister, has also criticized the remarks, saying through a spokesperson they were "completely unacceptable", according to the BBC. The two candidates in line to replace May as British Prime Minister - Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt - joined her in that criticism.

Germany's Angela Merkel said on Friday she was fit to carry on as chancellor after a bout of shaking episodes, and that she hoped to enjoy life after serving out her fourth and final term in office through to 2021.

"But that also means that on the other hand we need to keep a social balance", Merkel told a news conference, adding: "Innovation can be incentivized through pricing".

Merkel said she was confident her protegee would do a good job with the defence portfolio, which has proven a poisoned chalice for several recent predecessors.

She later explained that her condition was caused by extreme heat, but a week later the shaking occurred again while the head of government was sitting in an office talking to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. They never have anything good to say, that's why I say, hey, if they don't like it let them leave.

She said she distances herself from the comments "without question" and that she "stands in solidarity" with the Congresswomen Trump "attacked".

However, German authorities refrained from commenting on the issue, simply stating that the Chancellor has no major health issues.

Merkel announced previous year that she would not seek reelection when her term expires in 2021.

Trump's attacks were aimed at Reps.

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