German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas compared Donald Trump to populists who are trying to mobilize their supporters by polarizing society.
“In the United States, many journalists were harassed and attacked while covering the protests. Trump called journalists enemies of the people and an inferior form of life. This behavior is familiar to us from populists all over the world. < … > It is very dangerous,” the head of the Department said in an interview with Bild am Sonntag.
Earlier, Maas criticized the threats of the American leader to deploy troops to quell the wave of protests that engulfed US cities after the death of African-American George Floyd at the fault of the police. The Minister noted that “instead of adding fuel to the fire,” it is necessary to seek reconciliation.
According to Maas, Washington has not yet responded to his criticism. “But regardless of who sits in the White House, I am sure that our partnership with the United States is so close and unbreakable that it stands up to criticism,” he said, adding that the problem of racism exists not only in the United States.