German official worries about US divisions

AFP , Tuesday 8 Nov 2016

Germany's foreign minister says the bitter U.S. election campaign will leave a "difficult legacy" for the next president because it has deepened the country's divisions.

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says both Germans and many Americans "are glad that this special election campaign is coming to an end."

He says the campaign "has left a more or less divided country" and it will be difficult for the incoming president to bridge the differences.

Steinmeier has been sharply critical of Republican contender Donald Trump. He brushed aside suggestions that relations between Europe and the U.S. would also become more complicated under Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton — saying that he knows Clinton and doesn't fear that.

He spoke in Berlin on Tuesday.

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