In an interview on Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry commented that it was “inappropriate for a president-elect of the United States to be stepping into the politics of other countries in a quite direct manner,” referring to President-elect Trump’s comments published in an interview with the German newspaper Bild.
Kerry criticized Trump for his assertion that the German government had made a mistake in admitting thousands of “illegals” into their country. Trump was referring to the refugees from Syria who have been pouring into Germany and causing social and political upheaval.
Kerry suggested that Trump should not have commented on German policies, and then proceeded to do the same, noting that he thought the German government showed “great courage” in accepting the Syrian refugees.
Kerry was silent on past Obama-administration actions in Syria that he championed as Secretary-of-State and which have led to the current refugee crisis.