German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is of the view that a Donald Trump Presidency is a frightening prospect for the world. The German diplomat said this through his spokesman on Wednesday.
Steinmeier joins a growing list of World figures who are increasingly getting worried over the Republican party’s flag bearer and his reckless antics.
Steinmeier said he “is not neutral” on whether the Republican candidate is fit to occupy the Oval Office, the spokeswoman, Sawsan Chebli, told reporters.
“He is of the opinion that it is frightening, if you follow Trump’s remarks, what could become of this world if Trump actually became president.”
“The foreign minister is calling attention to that and that is his right.”
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokeswoman told the same news conference that she would stand by her policy of not commenting on the US election campaign.
Steinmeier, a Social Democrat, had already compared Trump last week to a “hate preacher”, saying he had much in common with “fear-mongers” in Germany’s right-wing populist AfD party as well as advocates of Britain’s exit from the EU.
French President Francois Hollande said Trump makes “you want to retch” following the Republican’s “hurtful and humiliating comments” against the Muslim parents of a slain US soldier who criticized the candidate.
Trump’s bid to take the White House is reeling from a series of self-inflicted scandals after he disparaged Muslims, babies, firefighters and the military, prompting various Republican big-wigs to distance themselves from their candidate.
Courting controversy further, Trump speaking at a rally in North Carolina hinted that gun rights advocates should make us of their guns to stop Clinton taking power.
This sparked an online backlash, many accusing him of inciting violence. He however replied that he was only urging gun rights supporters to vote in large numbers.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, the highest-ranked elected Republican, called it an inappropriate joke.
With Trumps poll numbers plummeting, analysts are curious to see if the New York Billionaire retraces his steps and focuses on the real issues.