Wednesday, 24 July 2019

‘Surprising tweets every day’ make things harder’, German FO on Trump

Heiko Maas

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BERLIN: In a wide-ranging interview with Der Spiegel, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas suggested that President Trump’s use of Twitter makes Maas’s work more difficult.

After a reporter from Der Spiegel suggested that the United States is “no longer reliable” and that Trump is “unpredictable,” Maas responded: “For me, reliability is one of the most important political qualities, particularly in foreign policy.”

“Despite everything, we are all dependent on that, including in the trans-Atlantic relationship,” he said. “It doesn’t make it any easier when you find yourself confronted by surprising tweets every day.”

However, the German foreign minister continued, he still thinks that the United States represents Western values. “Luckily, the trans-Atlantic relationship is made up of much more than 280 characters in Twitter,” he said. “It remains clear to us: We need the USA. Only together will we be able to meet the large international challenges facing us.”

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