Elections in the US divided Europe into two camps
Populist Donald Trump splits American society, and the new superpower will be China. Such unexpectedly harsh statements were made by the head of German diplomacy, Heiko Maas, after learning about Washington's plans to withdraw part of the American troops from Germany. According to experts, in this way, Maas not only interfered in the American elections but also made two typical mistakes for Europeans.
On Sunday, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas accused the US President Donald Trump of populism, saying that he is engaged in polarizing American society. вЂњIn the United States, journalists were often harassed and attacked while covering protests. Trump called them enemies of the people and an inferior life-form, вЂњ the Minister said in an interview with Bild am Sonntag newspaper.
вЂњThis is what populists do all over the world: they turn society against certain groups and try to mobilize their own supporters, вЂњ Maas said. In his opinion, the use of force in a tense situation is a mistake, because вЂњ Democrats should reconcile society, not split it.вЂќ
The German Foreign Minister also said that so far there has been вЂњno reactionвЂќ from Washington to his criticism of Trump. вЂњBut I am sure that no matter who sits in the White House, our partnership with the US is so close and unbreakable that it will stand up to criticism,вЂќ Maas added.
In addition, the German diplomat called China a future superpower, calling on the EU not to limit its relations with Beijing only to trade and economic issues, and noted that Germany вЂњtook noteвЂќ of reports about the withdrawal of some American troops from its territory.
Recall that on Friday, the American edition of the Wall Street Journal, citing a source in the US government, reported that Trump ordered the withdrawal of 9,5 thousand American troops from Germany by September. At the same time, according to the publication Der Spiegel, by the fall of 2020, the Pentagon can withdraw up to 15 thousand American troops from Germany.