Clinton’s Emails Sheds Light On The Attitude Of Merkel To Obama


Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

1st January, 2016


German Chancellor Angela Merkel was skeptical in relation to Barack Obama when he was elected US President in 2009. This is evidenced by emails from personal email accounts of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, wrote The Guardian. On Thursday evening, the U.S. State Department had issued about 5500 documents from Hillary Clinton’s personal e-mail for the period from 2009 to early 2013. 

In one of the declassified emails, dated 30th September 2009, addressed to Clinton, her adviser Sidney Blumenthal reports the comments of former US Ambassador to Berlin, John Kornblum, about the foreign policy of Germany. “Kornblum strongly recommends you to try to establish good personal relations with Merkel,” he wrote.

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“He says that she doesn’t like the atmosphere surrounding the phenomenon of Barack Obama. It is contrary to her understanding of politics and how to behave,” reads the email. In response, Clinton wrote: “Thanks, this is very useful”.

In another email, from 2009, Blumenthal, also citing Kornblum, called the visit of the Director of the National Economic Council, Lawrence Summers, to Berlin “disastrous”. “His arrogant tone and personal qualities have caused the rejection of the Merkel government, who sees in the Summers the hidden face of the Obama administration”, — he noted.

In March 2015, the former Secretary of State email scandal erupted when it was revealed that Clinton had not sent emails via government servers, as required by safety standards, and had used her personal email.

According to the court, the U.S. State Department had until 2016 to publish 82% (43 thousand) of the emails of the former head of the Department. This requirement of the State Department was not fulfilled, citing the large number of documents and holiday schedule. It is expected that the next batch of Clinton emails will be published next week.

Clinton gave the State Department more than 55 thousand pages of her email correspondence, but removed about 31 thousand pages on the grounds that this part of the correspondence was not related to the work and contains private information. For this, Clinton was strongly criticized by her opponents both among Republicans and Democrats.

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