- Title: Former German defence minister says we should work for post-Trump era
- Date: 4th September 2017
- Summary: ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** (SOUNDBITE) (German) FORMER GERMAN DEFENCE MINISTER, KARL-THEODOR ZU GUTTENBERG, SAYING: "One of my daughters keeps saying he definitely is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. (laughter heard) To put it more elegantly, there are people who shine more intellectually. We have a president who has lost complete control of the White House and whose competence to lead unfortunately does not reach beyond a real estate company. We have a president who constantly borders nepotism and who surprises us with a tweet every day." APPLAUSE (SOUNDBITE) (German) FORMER GERMAN DEFENCE MINISTER, KARL-THEODOR ZU GUTTENBERG, SAYING: "Ladies and gentlemen, the nightmare may be over in three years. Before that I have my doubts he will be kicked out of his job - as much as I would like it." VARIOUS OF SUPPORTERS LISTENING AND APPLAUDING (SOUNDBITE) (German) FORMER GERMAN DEFENCE MINISTER, KARL-THEODOR ZU GUTTENBERG, SAYING: "There are responsible people left in the United States. There are those who we should make contact with now in the economy and in politics for the time when this blond jack-in-the-box has left his job so that we can set up relations which are of use to our country and which are of use to the trans-Atlantic relationship and ultimately this world, ladies and gentlemen. This is what we have to work on now." PAN ACROSS APPLAUDING CROWD GUTTENBERG WITH BEER MUG ON STAGE AS SUPPORTERS APPLAUD
- Embargoed: 18th September 2017 12:31
- Keywords: campaign CSU CDU Guttenberg KT Gillamoos Merkel
- Location: ABENSBERG, GERMANY
- City: ABENSBERG, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA0056X6IWQV
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- Story Text: Former German defence minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg told supporters of his conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) on Monday (September 4) that his country should start making contacts with the U.S. economy and politics for when the Trump presidency is over, which he called a "nightmare."
Citing one of his daughters, Guttenberg said to laughter that she called the U.S. president "not the sharpest knife in the drawer."
The former German minister called on his country to "make contact now ... for the time when this blond jack-in-the-box has left his job."
Guttenberg, who resigned from his post over a plagiarism row in 2011, has since lived in the United States and said he planned to return there once campaigning for the Sept. 24 German general election is over.
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