Hannibal Hanschke / Reuters
BERLIN — The German Vice-Chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, said he was shocked President Donald Trump failed to condemn the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, adding that it was full of "neo-Nazis, the KKK, and people that helped Trump get elected."
His remarks came during an exclusive interview with BuzzFeed News on Wednesday, during which he also suggested Trump withheld his criticism because "One of his advisors, Steve Bannon, is an actual right-wing extremist."
“I was shocked that the American president did not call out the perpetrators in Charlottesville," Gabriel said. "We can never trivialize those people. You have to call things by their names and that was right-wing terrorism."
Gabriel, who is a member of the left-leaning Social Democratic Party in the coalition government led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, has been attacked over Germany's intake of refugees, which has seen the country welcome more than one million since 2015.
Last year, he ..