Lambrecht: “I will do the job” – no transfer to the Ministry of the Interior

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‘It will get the job done’ – Lambrecht rules out moving to Interior Ministry

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Is the indoor housing planned in the closet? Not with me, Federal Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht explains. She wants to keep her job and Home Secretary Nancy Visser. At the same time, she complains about the spread of “rumours, gossip and radio” in the media.

BDefense Minister Christine Lambrecht does not want to change the position of federal interior minister – at least not during this election period. “I took the position of Minister of Defense. Everyone who knows me knows that I am fulfilling the tasks that I have done,” she said in an interview with the news portal T Online.

It has been repeatedly rumored that Interior Minister Nancy Wieser will be the top SPD candidate in Hesse next year and that Lambrecht may then move to the Interior Ministry. Lawyer Lambrecht said it was “no secret” that she had “always been interested in legal and domestic politics”.

However, she agrees with the wishes of Chancellor Olaf Schultz. “My goal at the end of the election period is, looking back, you can say: I have finally made sure that the German army is adequately equipped,” said Lambrecht. However, she assumes Weisser will be the frontrunner: “I am counting on Nancy Weisser to become not only the first candidate, but also the first female prime minister of Hesse.”

Helicopter flight? ‘Legally correct’

Lambrecht has long been criticized, most recently that her son flew in a government helicopter. Friedrich Merz, leader of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, called for Schulz to be sacked in the Bundestag on Thursday.

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Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD)

I also commented on the reason in the news portal. “What I can understand is that my son, who was accompanying me on a trip, was met with a lack of understanding by some people. I will deal with this differently in the future and arrange the appointments differently. But it remains important to me that everything was legally correct and that all the rules were been observed.

Lambrecht took her 21-year-old son with him in a government helicopter on a military visit in northern Germany in mid-April, without taking part in the military visit himself. The next day, after spending a night in a hotel, the car and bodyguards drove to the nearby island of Sylt.

I carried out “a lot” in the ministry

When asked about the existence of “great dissatisfaction” in the ministry itself about its management, she replied, “(…) Unfortunately, there is a certain lack of culture among the few people who feed the media with rumors and gossip and the radio street. This is an unfortunate development, no Especially for the ministry responsible for security policy.” It is aware of allegations that it does not care, but some of these claims are “so ridiculous that I no longer think about them.”

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Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD)

Instead, Lambrecht defended the balance sheet for its first few months, saying it “has done a lot in a very short time”. Lambrecht referred, among other things, to the decision to arm the Bundeswehr drones and to the fact that 20% of all orders from the Bundeswehr in the future would not go through a bureaucratic procurement process.

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