Foreign Minister Steinmeier Calls A Trump Presidency Dangerous, Merkel Stays Quiet

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Unlike German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to keep her comments on the US presidential election to herself, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been very vocal about the idea of Donald Trump taking the White House, and just in case he didn’t make his views clear enough, a statement was released on Wednesday that made it very clear that he believes a Trump presidency would be dangerous for the world.

“you need to be really anxious about what could become of this world”

During a routine news conference, spokeswoman Sawsan Chebli addressed Steinmeier’s stance, saying “He [Steinmeier] is indeed not neutral on this question because he thinks that if you follow what Trump is saying, then you need to be really anxious about what could become of this world … if he [Trump] does in fact become president.”

Wednesday’s statement comes after a string of similar comments made by the German Foreign Minister.

On July 20, Steinmeier told Reuters that Trump’s “politics of fear and isolation will bring less security, not more, and would be dangerous not only for the United States, but for Europe and the rest of the world as well.”

A spokeswoman for Merkel reiterated the German Chancellor’s stance by commenting that she does not wish to interfere in the US election campaign. Seen still as one of the most powerful world leaders, and a key US ally, such an approach may be the best option to ensure a healthy relationship should Trump secure the presidency.

Sources: Reuters [1] [2]

Photo courtesy of the Parliament of Georgia

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