Germany accuses Trump inauguration's speech 'highly nationalistic tones'

Donald Trump, a businessman-turned politician, delivered his first address in Washington to the nation as the new US President shortly after taking the oath of office which sparked a backlash from German politician.

  • Date: 2017/01/21
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Germany accuses Trump inauguration's speech 'highly nationalistic tones'

US President Donald Trump's inaugural speech

VON PRESS Europe: Germany's Vice Chancellor has accused Donald Trump of delivering an inauguration speech with "high nationalistic tones".

Sigmar Gabirel added that the businessman had been elected as a result of "bad radicalization" in the US.

The politician made the comments in a TV interview.

Trump was officially sworn in as the 45th President of the US, along with Vice President Mike Pence.

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US President Donald Trump's full inauguration speech


He told crowds of supporters: "Today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another- but transferring it from Washington DC and giving it back to you the people.

"For too long a small group in our nation's capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.

"Washington flourished but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered but the jobs left and the factories closed.

"The establishment protected itself but not the citizens of our country."

His inauguration has been mired by controversy as protests took place around the world. In Washington, where the ceremony took place, protesters chained themselves to inauguration check points, to stop Trump supporters from entering. In some areas, clashes with the police brought out, resulting in gas canisters being thrown, and some skirmishes.

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