On an interview held on Monday Donald Trump called NATO “obsolete” and Germany’s policy on refugees “catastrophic.”
U.S Secretary of State John Kerry was interviewed by CNN‘s Christiane Amanpour on Monday, following Trump’s remarks, and was asked about his thoughts on Trump referring to NATO and Germany in such ways.
Kerry expressed that it was “inappropriate” for Trump to “be stepping in to the politics of other countries in a quite direct manner.”
Trump also criticized German Chancellor Angela Merkel during his interview, saying that her policy on refugees is “catastrophic.”
In his CNN interview, Kerry defended Merkel as “one of the strongest leaders in Europe” and “most important players with respect to where we are heading.”
Kerry also said that Trump would have to deal with the consequences of his remarks after his inauguration. “He’ll have to speak to that — as of Friday, he’s responsible for that relationship,” Kerry told CNN.
Merkel said she had no comments on Trump, at least not till after his inauguration. “We have known what his position is for some time, and my position is also known,” she told reporters in Berlin.
On the other hand, Merkel’s foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, suggested that NATO was worried about the comments made by the President-elect. Steinmeier said he had spoken with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, “who is concerned that President-elect Trump regards NATO as obsolete.”