Pittsburgh (dpa / lsw) - Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann justified his trip to the US in times of crisis at home. Especially in tense situations, it must be possible to do important things parallel to crisis management, said the Green politician on Sunday evening (local time) after his arrival in Pittsburgh. "My mantra at the moment is: Don't always put the important things behind the urgent." That can't go well in the long run. He confirmed there had been criticism of the trip. He was referring to the fact that he could not personally take part in the federal-state switch with Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) on Tuesday.
Kretschmann is in the USA with a delegation of more than 100 people. There he wants to spend five days making contacts for the Southwest in Pittsburgh and California. It is the head of government's first major trip abroad since 2018. The focus is on the topics of artificial intelligence, autonomous driving and the future of the healthcare industry.