Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said he was "disappointed" with German Chancellor Angela Merkel's stance on Europe's immigration crisis but praised her as a "great world leader".
Speaking in an interview with Boston cable network NECN, Trump was asked to name a world leader who he admired and would like to emulate.
"Well, I think Merkel is a really great world leader, but I was very disappointed [in] this move with the whole immigration thing," Trump told NECN. "I think it's a big problem."
Last year, Merkel welcomed refugees to Germany who were fleeing Middle East war zones. The move has been heavily criticized in Germany and has been cited as a key reason for the rise of far-right parties in the country's regional elections earlier this month.
"I was always a Merkel person," Trump said. "But I think she made a very tragic mistake a year and a half ago."
Trump's stance on Merkel appears to have changed from last year when he slammed the German Chancellor for "ruining Germany".
Read the full NECN story here.