If Donald Trump wins the US presidential election this week, Bavarian leader Horst Seehofer would welcome the Republican candidate, warning that Germany cannot “behave like it is the whole world’s headmaster”. EurActiv Germany reports.
CSU chief Horst Seehofer has spoken out against Germany’s interference in the US election campaign.
“If the American people decide to vote for a candidate, in a democratic process, then the democratic people of Germany and Bavaria have to accept their decision,” Seehofer told Bild Am Sonntag, adding that “we cannot behave like we are the whole world’s headmaster”.
Bavaria’s minister president insisted that either candidate would be welcome, regardless of who wins: “We would treat Donald Trump the same as Hillary Clinton. Both would be welcome in Munich.”
European leaders have either underestimated the danger of a Donald Trump presidency or overestimated the level of continuity Hillary Clinton will bring, according to a new study by the European Council on Foreign Relations.
A potential Trump presidency has not been welcomed by all of Germany’s political class.
Chairman of the Bundestag’s Foreign Affairs Committee Norbert Röttgen (CDU) told the same newspaper that “For the German-American relationship, Trump as president would be a strain,” adding it would “lead to the deepest alienation in our relationship since the Vietnam War.”
According to a survey by polling institute Emnid, commissioned by Bild, 77% of Germans fear the effect of a Trump presidency on Germany’s ties with the US. Nearly 67% responded that the transatlantic relationship would be unchanged if Clinton is elected.
Trump’s White House aspirations took a serious blow a few weeks ago when footage emerged of him making sexist comments back in 2005. But his chances of winning the election have appeared to bounce back after the Clinton email case continued to make headlines.
The FBI have now announced that they have found no wrongdoing in a new batch of emails belonging to the Democrat candidate.
This morning (7 November), the BBC’s aggregate poll tracker puts Clinton at 45% and Trump at 44%.