US President expresses his condolences to Merkel

"The United States offers condolences and stands ready to provide assistance in the investigation of Germanwings' Airbus A320 crash" said the US President.

Furthermore, Barack Obama stated that he spoke to the German Chancellor Angela Merkel over the phone. "I called German Chancellor Merkel and I hope to speak with President Mariano Rajoy of Spain later today to express the condolences of the American people and to offer whatever assistance that we can as they investigate what has proven to be an awful tragedy" he said characteristically.

Barack Obama also said that the United States was in "close contact" with French, Spanish and German investigators to determine whether any US citizens may have been on board and that "America stands with the countries at this moment of sorrow".

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