German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel spoke to US and German government and business leaders at the German-American Conference in Berlin on Tuesday, focusing on one of the most hot-button topics effecting both countries: US President Trump. Gabriel isn’t known for keeping his opinion on the newly elected president to himself, so it’s no surprise that he chose this topic for the evening. What was more surprising though was his brief moment of optimism around having the opportunity to soon work together with Trump.
In typical fashion though, the Trump compliments were kept brief before ripping into the policy decisions that could have lasting effects on Germany and the rest of the world should Trump get his way.
“We should not only respond to messages or tweets, we should ask what is our role,” Gabriel said to conference attendees on Tuesday. One of those roles highlighted was protecting trade agreements, including Iran nuclear deals and the protection of the environment through the Paris Agreement. “It’s in the long-term interest of all of humanity that the US doesn’t quit.”