Donald Trump's election victory marks a new world order, Germany has declared
Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a key ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, warned of “troubled times ahead” and “global disorder”.
He did, however, say Germany would work together with the USA – despite their obvious hostility towards the business mogul.
Mr Steinmeier said: “As always with all power changes there are uncertainties, doubts and question marks about the course of the new leadership.
“But in these times of a new global disorder, this is about more. Today there is a great deal at stake: by choosing Donald Trump, the old world of the 20th century is over.
“The order of the 21st century and the way the world of tomorrow will look is not settled, it is completely open.
“I know we have to adjust to troubled times, to some unpredictability and new uncertainties.”
Angela Merkel's ally Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned of "global disorder"
The German foreign minister concluded with a veiled threat to the new administration – who he said would need allies despite its new “America first” policy.
He said: “But I would like to make sure that in Washington we find attentive listeners who know that even large countries need partners in this world, and who are willing to go their way together with good friends and tried and trusted Alliance partners.”
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The relationship between Mr Trump and Mrs Merkel is already frosty.
Earlier this month the US president said the Chancellor had made a “catastrophic mistake” in opening up Germany’s borders to “all the illegals”.
Donald Trump shocked the world by winning the US presidential election
He added: “And nobody even knows where they come from. So I think she made a catastrophic mistake, very bad mistake.”
He also refused to reveal who he trusted more: Mrs Merkel or Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
Mr Trump began his presidency by pulling the US out of a trans-continental trade deal
Mr Trump said: “Well, I start off trusting both — but let’s see how long that lasts. It may not last long at all.”