German FM: Trump presidency a ‘frightening’ prospect
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German FM: Trump presidency a ‘frightening’ prospect

Frank-Walter Steinmeier ponders ‘what could become of this world’ if Republican candidate wins

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in New York on December 18, 2015 (AFP/Jewel Samad)
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in New York on December 18, 2015 (AFP/Jewel Samad)

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier believes Donald Trump becoming US president would be a “frightening” prospect for the world, his spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Steinmeier “is not neutral” on whether the Republican candidate is fit to occupy the Oval Office, the spokeswoman, Sawsan Chebli, told reporters.

“He is of the opinion that it is frightening, if you follow Trump’s remarks, what could become of this world if Trump actually became president,” she said.

“The foreign minister is calling attention to that, and that is his right.”

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokeswoman told the same news conference that she would stand by her policy of not commenting on the US election campaign.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, August 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, August 9, 2016. (AP/Evan Vucci)

Steinmeier, a Social Democrat, already compared Trump last week to a “hate preacher,” saying he had much in common with “fear-mongers” in Germany’s right-wing populist AfD party as well as advocates of Britain’s exit from the EU.

Last month, Steinmeier said in an interview that if the Republican candidate wins the presidency, it would mean “a lot of uncertainty for the trans-Atlantic relationship.”

Trump’s description of the United States as a country besieged by its enemies was “grotesque,” Steinmeier told the Passauer Neue Presse daily.

He also questioned Trump’s pledges to “Make America great again” while keeping the United States out of conflicts around the world.

“I certainly can’t explain how one is supposed to go hand-in-hand with the other,” Steinmeier told the newspaper.

French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, on July 22, 2016. (AFP/Pool/Thibault Camus)
French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on July 22, 2016 (AFP/Thibault Camus/Pool)

Last week, following the Republican’s “hurtful and humiliating comments” against the Muslim parents of a slain US soldier who criticized the candidate, French President Francois Hollande said that Trump makes you “want to retch.”

Hollande’s remarks came a day after Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi told CNBC that he favors Democrat Hillary Clinton over Trump.

“I think it is obvious for me and for a lot of us to prefer Hillary Clinton as commander-in-chief, because with her, there is a woman able to know every dossier, able to have a history and a future with all the partners,” Renzi said.

In May, when Trump was still just the presumptive Republican nominee, US President Barack Obama said that there were several world leaders — including Japan’s — who were balking at the idea of a Trump administration, The Atlantic reported.

“They’re rattled by him and for good reason,” Obama said. “Because a lot of the proposals that he’s made display either ignorance of world affairs or a cavalier attitude or an interest in getting tweets and headlines instead of actually thinking through what is required to keep America safe.”

Trump’s bid to take the White House is reeling from a series of self-inflicted scandals after he disparaged Muslims, babies, firefighters and the military, prompting his Republican stablemates to issue awkward denunciations.

He stirred new controversy Tuesday over comments interpreted by some as a threat of violence against rival Hillary Clinton.

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