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PM: Donald Trump’s policy in office could be very different from election rhetoric

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Prague, Nov 10 (CTK) – The position of Donald Trump as the new U.S. president will be different than in the election campaign and it will include responsibility, therefore it is necessary to wait to see what policy he will pursue in practice, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka told journalists yesterday.
Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) said U.S. voters’ choice must be respected and a pragmatic attitude must be taken to it.
Sobotka said he believes that the USA will preserve its alliance with NATO and Europe and will be a reliable ally and partner of the Czech Republic.
Trump made a lot of promises during the election campaign, Sobotka continued.
“In fact, it was a broad variety of statements that can considerably influence the international scene,” he said.
Once in the White House, Trump will bear responsibility for the USA and for tackling a number of serious global problems, Sobotka said.
“I think we must wait to see the reality, or Trump’s real policy, his steps in relation to trade agreements and the Paris climate deal, his and the new U.S. administration’s position on the operation of NATO, his approach to the relations with the EU and Russia and his plan concerning Syria,” Sobotka said.
It is turning out that the advisers to Trump, the president-elect, are starting to correct some of the statements he made during the election campaign, Sobotka said.
“Let’s see whether the process will continue or whether Trump will really return to the promises he gave to voters and which helped him win the decisive voter support in the crucial states, or whether it was merely his election marketing and his [real] policy will be different,” Sobotka said.
Sobotka met the U.S. ambassador to Prague, Andrew Schapiro, in the wake of the U.S. election on Wednesday.
He said the meeting had been scheduled for him to confirm Prague’s interest in a good communication with the new U.S. administration irrespective of whether the U.S. election is won by Trump, the Republican candidate, or Hillary Clinton, a Democrat.

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