Jun 19, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Without evidence, Trump claims German officials are covering up crimes

President Trump falsely claimed that crime rates have gone up in Germany as migrants have entered the country in a Tuesday morning tweet, stating — without citing any evidence — that German officials had attempted to cover up that fact.

Reality check: Germany's Interior Ministry reported in May that the country saw its lowest crime levels since 1992.

The backdrop:

  • Trump tweeted at German officials yesterday, too, saying, "The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition..."
  • These tweets come as Trump is dealing in real time with the consequences of his administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy decision that is separating families — and as German Chancellor Angela Merkel is looking to stave off a political crisis by striking her own immigration deal.
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