“I think that we must expect that American foreign policy will become less predictable for us and we must expect that the United States will be more inclined to make decisions on its own. In other words, and I will not dress it up, nothing will become easier, many things will become more difficult,” said Steinmeier.
During the US election campaign, the foreign minister had referred to Trump as a “hate preacher” and also described the prospect of him taking the White House as “frightening”.
Nevertheless, Germany's top diplomat said he would not give up on transatlantic ties, which he said were “akin to the foundations of the West”.
“We must not abandon this foundation,” he said, pointing to the traditionally strong diplomatic and people-to-people ties between the two countries.
“Just as we Germans have in the past learnt a lot from our American friends, we should now give encouragement to our American friends to stand with us and to remain part of the partnership that has developed over the years,” said Steinmeier.
Other German politicians across the political spectrum reacted on Wednesday with “shock” as well as scepticism about US voters choosing Trump as their future president.
“It is more than a letdown, it is a shock,” said Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU party mate Norbert Röttgen to broadcaster ZDF.
“I think we must take him as he has presented himself.”