Merkel slams Trump travel ban

German Chancellor Angela Merkel today slammed the restrictions on immigration imposed by US President Donald Trump, saying it was "not justified" to target people based on their background or religion.
Merkel slams Trump travel ban

German Chancellor Angela Merkel today slammed the restrictions on immigration imposed by US President Donald Trump, saying it was "not justified" to target people based on their background or religion. Her spokesman said Merkel had raised the issue in a telephone call with Trump yesterday, reminding him of obligations under international human rights law.

"The chancellor regrets the entry ban imposed by the US government against refugees and nationals from certain countries," spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement.

"She is convinced that even in the necessarily resolute battle against terrorism it is not justified to place people from a certain origin or belief under general suspicion."

The German government "will now examine the consequences" of the ban for German citizens with dual nationality, he added.

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