Austrian leader: Trump foreign policy successful in parts

BERLIN (AP) — Austria’s chancellor has described parts of United States (US) President Donald Trump’s foreign policy as “very successful” as he prepares to visit Washington this week.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told Sunday’s edition of Austrian newspaper Die Presse that one of the main aims of his visit is to help avert a trade war, which he said “would endanger thousands of jobs in Austria”.

On Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said US authorities appear to have concluded that European cars were a national security threat, suggesting that trade tensions might spike anew.

Kurz is expected at the White House on Wednesday. He pointed to differences with Trump on trade and the Iran nuclear deal, but praised the President’s support for Israel and efforts to secure peace on the Korean Peninsula.

The Austrian leader was quoted as saying that “Trump is running, in part, a very active and also very successful foreign policy”.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. – AP