A top spokesperson at the State Department invoked the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II in an attempt to emphasize the deep ties between the United States and Germany.
The department has been under fire since U.S. Ambassador to Germany Rick Grenell told Breitbart News he wants to help empower far-right groups in Europe, sparking anger from the U.S. ally.
"We have a very strong relationship with the government of Germany," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said during a briefing Tuesday. "Looking back in the history books, today is the 71st anniversary of the speech that announced the Marshall Plan. Tomorrow is the anniversary of the D-Day invasion.”
Wednesday was the 74th anniversary of D-Day, the beginning of an operation known as Operation Overlord that claimed thousands of American, Canadian and British lives as Allied forces sought to liberate Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control.
“We obviously have a very long history with the government of Germany,” Nauert continued. “And we have a strong relationship with the government of Germany."
Nauert also defended Grenell’s controversial remarks, saying “Ambassadors have a right to express their opinion”.
“What Ambassador Grenell was doing was merely highlighting that there are some parties and candidates in Europe who are doing well right now,” Nauert said.