The mayor of Berlin — a city known for its own infamously divisive wall — sent a message on Friday to President Donald Trump, imploring him not to build a wall on Mexico’s border.
“Berlin — the city which stands for the separation of Europe as well as the freedom of Europe — cannot watch silently as another country plans to build a wall,” Berlin Mayor Michael Müller said in a statement Friday, according to a translation by the Washington Post.
“We cannot simply accept that all our historic experiences are being thrown into disarray by the ones we have to thank most for our freedom: the Americans. I call on the U.S. President to not go down this wrong track of isolation and exclusion.”
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Müller’s statement made reference to former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, who in 1987 famously addressed Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev with the words, “Mr. Gorbachev: Tear down this wall.” The Berlin Wall, which divided East and West Germany during the Cold War, finally fell on Nov. 9, 1989.
“For that reason I say: Dear Mr. President, don’t build this wall,” Müller said Friday, as Trump pushed forward with plans for the Mexican border wall that was a central promise of his campaign.