Trump Reportedly Tells EU Officials That Germans Are ‘Very Bad,’ Vows to ‘Stop’ German Car Sales in US
During his visit to Brussels today, President Donald Trump met with top leadership of the European Union, and according to German publication Der Spiegel, really went off on the Germans.
Speaking to EU Commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk, Trump took some personal shots at Germany. “The Germans are bad, very bad,” he said, according to those in the meeting. (Google Translate actually shows it as “evil” instead of “bad.”)
On top of that, Trump also complained to the EU officials about America’s trade surplus with Germany, pledging to do something about their automobile sales in the United States.
“Look at the millions of cars they sell in the US, and we’ll stop that,” he noted. Per Der Spiegel, Juncker stood up for Germany, explaining to Trump that free trade is a good thing. It was further reported that there was a concern among the EU attendees that Trump and his administration were unaware of how the EU handled trade agreements and that the US can’t negotiate with Germany alone.
Comments like this may only further to exacerbate what appears to be an icy relationship between German leader Angela Merkel and Trump. Earlier today, Merkel seemed to tweak the president with comments at NATO HQ when she said it is not the “building of walls that makes us successful.” Meanwhile, Trump scolded NATO members for not spending enough on defense.
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