Prague, Nov 9 (CTK) – Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) tweeted yesterday that the cabinet respects the democratic choice of U.S. voters and that he believes that the United States with Donald Trump at its head will continue to be a reliable partner and ally of the Czech Republic.
“We respect it and accept it pragmatically. (Donald) Trump, unlike some of his predecessors, knows at least where the Czech Republic is situated,” Sobotka wrote.
He hinted at Trump’s first wife Ivana who comes from Zlin, south Moravia.
Sobotka said Trump bet on aggressive populism in his campaign and collected protest votes both on the right and left. It will be very difficult for him to overcome the division of the U.S. society.
“I congratulate the newly elected President Trump and I believe that the United States will continue to be a reliable partner and ally under the leadership of new President Donald Trump,” wrote Sobotka during a meeting of the Chamber of Deputies.
Shortly before, the U.S. ambassador to Prague, Andrew Schapiro, visited the Chamber of Deputies to assert the lawmakers that the Republican Trump’s new administration would not change Washington’s approach to NATO or the Czech Republic.
Later yesterday, Sobotka sent a letter of congratulations to Trump saying that the Czech government is ready to launch cooperation with the new U.S. administration on issues related to fighting international terrorism, the Czech diplomacy’s representation of the USA in Syria and Prague’s commitments as a member of NATO.
Sobotka has no doubts about the firmness of the trans-Atlantic partnership, he wrote in the letter released on the government’s website.
In July, Trump told The New York Times that if he were elected president, the USA may not help some NATO countries if attacked by Russia.
Interior Minister Milan Chovanec (CSSD) said Trump may visit the Czech Republic.
“He has ties to the Czech Republic and I hope we will once see him in the Czech Republic thanks to his daughter and former wife,” he said.
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