A spokesman for German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble resigned unexpectedly on Tuesday after his boss berated him at a press conference, adding to controversy surrounding the outspoken minister who recently irked US authorities when he criticized the Federal Reserve’s decision to launch another round of bond buyingand called the policy "clueless."
Spokesman Michael Offer said in a statement it had become clear that he did not enjoy Schäuble’s full support and referred to the press briefing last week, when the finance minister publicly chastized him for not getting a press kit to waiting reporters in time before the minister’s appearance.
“I said 20 minutes ago, it would be nice if the figures could be distributed,” Schäuble told his spokesman as the assembled press corps looked on.
"Don’t talk. Just make sure the figures are distributed,” he snapped.