On Monday, Gabriel told the Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung newspaper that there was more to security than a powerful military. His remarks were translated by DW.com:
“A sensible security policy is not just buying tanks, driving defense spending to insane heights, and escalating the arms race. A reasonable policy means crisis prevention, stabilization of weak states, economic development and the fight against hunger, climate change and water scarcity.”
Gabriel has been critical of Trump in the past, calling him “the pioneer of a new authoritarian and chauvinist international movement” and even labeling him a “threat.”
Trump recently made headlines in Germany for his tense and awkward meeting last week with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and for demanding that Berlin pay more for “very expensive, defense” the United States provides.