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Merkel responds to Trump claims: German crime stats 'speak for themselves'

Merkel responds to Trump claims: German crime stats 'speak for themselves'
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday rebutted President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE's claim that crime in her country is on the rise, declaring that the statistics proving otherwise "speak for themselves."

Reuters reported that Merkel was asked about Trump's inaccurate claim during a news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron.

"The interior minister presented the crime statistics a short while ago and they speak for themselves,” Merkel said.

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“We are seeing a slight positive development. We must always do more to fight criminality. But they were very encouraging numbers,” she added.

Amid a flurry of national and international criticism for separating children from parents who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, Trump on Monday sought to justify the harsh methods by pointing to problems with migration in Europe.

"We don’t want what is happening with immigration in Europe to happen with us!" Trump tweeted.

He then declared crime in Germany is "way up," despite statistics showing crime there is at its lowest point since 1992. In 2017 alone, crime fell by 9.6 percent, according to multiple sources.

On Tuesday, Trump doubled down on his claim, when he asserted without evidence that the crime increase is a result of unreported crimes.

"Crime in Germany is up 10% plus (officials do not want to report these crimes) since migrants were accepted. Others countries are even worse. Be smart America!" he tweeted.

The Trump administration is facing mounting pressure to end its practice of separating families at the border. The growing number of separations result directly from the administration's decision to enforce a "zero tolerance" policy on illegal immigration.

The White House has refused to heed pleas from numerous Republicans and Democrats to end the practice, instead calling on Congress to pass immigration reform that includes increased border security.