Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, a staunch ally of President Donald Trump, is facing a backlash over her decision to back out of the U.K. decision to leave the European Union.
While her spokesman said Merkel was not seeking to “ruin” the U!k.
Brexit, the chancellor was accused of making a “misleading” decision.
“I am a German and I am not dumb,” Merkel said in an interview with the German newspaper Bild on Monday.
“But I am very, very careful.
I do not want to create chaos in Europe and that is why I am a strong supporter of the United Kingdom.”
“Germany will remain a strong partner for the European economy, for Europe, for the world,” she added.
“We will always defend our interests in the European market.”
The German leader, who is expected to travel to London on Tuesday for the G20 summit, is set to meet the British prime minister, Theresa May, who will also visit Berlin.
“The British will decide,” she said.
“This is a political decision that the British will have to take.”
Merkel has been in a close relationship with Trump, who has called her Germany’s most important foreign policy partner.
She has praised the U., saying in an open letter to Trump, “I love the U.’s strong support for our European partners.”
Merkel said she also was not opposed to Trump taking a tough stance on Russia.
“My country is in a unique position, and I want to be part of it,” she wrote.
“There are lots of opportunities and I think there are lots and lots of risks that the U..k. and Russia could have.
But I am sure that in the end, we will all benefit from cooperation.”