Trump Reportedly Says Germans Are 'Bad, Very Bad' At NATO Meeting

Gwen Vasquez
May 26, 2017

It's worth noting that Donald Trump is clearly a fan of German cars, as the only video we've seen of him actually driving shows him behind the wheel of a Rolls Royce, which is built by German company BMW.

According to U.S. figures government figures, Germany had a $64 billion trade surplus with the United States in 2016.

After a meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, some participants told German paper Der Spiegel that Trump said, "The Germans are bad, very bad". "Terrible. We will stop that".

Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are scheduled to meet Friday at the G7 summit in Taormina, Italy.

European attendees believed USA officials were ill-informed because the E.U. negotiates trade deals with America as a whole, not on a country-to-country basis, according to German news reports.

"If you want to build cars in the world, then I wish you all the best", Trump told the German-language Bild newspaper in January.

Trump Reportedly Says Germans Are 'Bad, Very Bad' At NATO Meeting

Juncker reportedly defended the Germans, making the case for free trade in a friendly but firm tone, Spiegel reports. "You can build cars for the United States, but for every vehicle that comes to the USA, you will pay 35 percent tax", Trump had told Germany's Bild newspaper at the time.

He said the US should renegotiate NAFTA because of its $63 billion trade deficit with Mexico in 2016.

"Ten times Trump asked [Merkel] if he could negotiate a trade deal with Germany".

In a discussion about the country's trade surplus, Trump said.

The White House did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

The revelations came hours after Trump publicly blasted the U.S.'s European partners in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defense alliance, accusing them of owing American taxpayers billions of dollars because they have previously not met the alliance's defense spending requirements.

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