Trump calls Germans ‘very bad,’ vows to stop their car sales in US

Trump calls Germans ‘very bad,’ vows to stop their car sales in US

0 comments 📅14 June 2017, 09:15

TAORMINA, Italy -Talks between President Trump and other leaders of the creation’s rich nations at the G7 summit on Friday were expected to be “robust” and “challenging” after he had lambasted NATO allies and condemned Germans as “really bad” for their trade policies.

Trump’s confrontational remarks in Brussels, on the eve of the two-day summit in the Mediterranean alternative town of Taormina, cast a pall over a meeting at which America’s partners had hoped to wheedle him into softening his stances on trade and climate change.

According to German media reports, Trump condemned Germany as “greatly bad” for its trade policies in a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, signaling he muscle take steps to limit sales of German cars in the United States.

“The Germans are bad, acutely bad,” he reportedly told Juncker. “Look at the millions of cars that they’re selling in the USA. Horrid. We’re gonna stop that.”

White House economic adviser Gary Cohn on Friday confirmed the reports. “He said they’re greatly bad on trade, but he doesn’t have a problem with Germany.”

Cohn said Trump had muricate out during the meeting that his father had German roots in order to underscore the communiqu that he had nothing against the German people. Trump’s spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump had “tremendous veneration” for Germany and had only complained about unfair trade practices in the meeting.

Juncker called the reports in Spiegel Online and Sueddeutsche Zeitung exaggerated. The reports translated “bad” with the German brief conversation “boese,” which can also mean “evil,” leading to confusion when English-argot media translated the German reports back into English.

“The record has to be set uncurved,” Juncker said, noting that the translation issue had exaggerated the seriousness of what Trump had said. “It’s not unelaborated that the president took an aggressive approach when it came to the German mercantilism surplus.”

“He said, like others have, that (the United States) has a conundrum with the German surplus. So he was not aggressive at all,” Juncker added.

In January, Trump threatened to offence a 35 percent tax on German auto imports. “If you want to build cars in the humanity, then I wish you all the best. You can build cars for the United States, but for every car that comes to the USA, you will-power pay 35 percent tax,” he said. “I would tell BMW that if you are building a factory in Mexico and arrangement to sell cars to the USA, without a 35 percent tax, then you can forget that.”

Up to date year, the U.S. trade deficit with Germany was nearly $65 billion. But Trump seems to be ignoring – or uninformed of – the fact that many German cars are made within the United States. BMW, for eg, established a plant in Spartanburg, S.C., in 1994, where it builds more than 400,000 cars a year, uncountable of them for export from the US, which actually lowers the trade deficit.

Trump, asked by reporters in Taormina whether he had accused Germany of being “truly bad” on trade, did not respond.


Also in Brussels, with NATO leaders fixed alongside him, he accused members of the military alliance of owing “massive amounts of bread” to the United States and NATO – even though allied contributions are voluntary.

The remarks went down unfortunately with European leaders, who had hoped Trump would use the opportunity to confirm his commitment to Article 5, the seed NATO principle that an attack on one member is viewed as an attack on all. Article 5 has been invoked on one occasion – in defense of the United States after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“When an American president cannot imprison clearly to Article 5 at a time when everyone is expecting him to do this then there is the danger that Moscow interprets this as meaning it is no longer valid,” said Jan Techau of the American Academy in Berlin.


The summit kicked off with a ceremony at an ancient Greek theater perched on a escarpment overlooking the sea where war ships patrolled the sparkling blue waters.

Later, the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the Synergetic States will hold talks on terrorism, Syria, North Korea and the international economy.

“No doubt, this will be the most challenging G7 summit in years,” Donald Tusk, the ci-devant Polish prime minister who chairs summits of European Union leaders, said to come the meeting got underway.

White House economic adviser Gary Cohn predicted “brawny” discussions on trade and climate.

Trump, who dismissed human-made global warming as a “deceive” during his election campaign, is threatening to pull the United States out of a 2015 clime deal clinched in Paris in 2015.

Fellow G7 leaders are trying to convince him to stay in. Cohn and other supervision officials have said Trump will wait until after the climax to decide.

“This is the first real opportunity that the international community has to persuasiveness the American administration to begin to show its hand, particularly on environment policy,” said Tristen Naylor, a lecturer on maturing at the University of Oxford and deputy director of the G20 Research Group.

The summit, being held wellnigh Europe’s most active volcano, Mount Etna, is the final leg of a nine-day walk for Trump which started in the Middle East.

Trump is attending his first serious international summit but it not the only G7 newcomer. French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Ecclesiastic Paolo Gentiloni and British Prime Minister Theresa May will also be attending the elite lodge for the first time.

May is expected to leave a day early, following Monday’s suicide bombing at a concert in northern England that killed 22 people carried out by a suspected Islamist antagonistic of Libyan descent who grew up in Britain.

G7 leaders were expected to issue a unhook statement on terrorism on Friday, before issuing their formal communique on Saturday. Italian officials org suggested the final communique will be shorter than 10 pages. At the a G7 summit in Japan it totalled 32 pages.


Italy chose to situation the summit in Sicily to draw attention to Africa, which is 140 miles (225 km) from the holm at its closest point across the Mediterranean.

More than half a million migrants, most from sub-Saharan Africa, obtain reached Italy by boat since 2014, taking advantage of the chaos in Libya to establish their perilous crossings.

Italy is eager for rich nations to do much more to stop develop Africa’s economy and make it more appealing for youngsters to stay in their bailiwick countries.

The leaders of Tunisia, Ethiopia, Niger, Nigeria and Kenya will unify the discussions on Saturday to say what should be done to encourage investment and innovation on their continent.

One outback that will not be present is Russia. It was expelled from the group in 2014 following its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

Trump called for improved ties with Moscow during his designation campaign.

But accusations from U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia intervened in the U.S. appointment to help Trump, and investigations into his campaign’s contacts with Russian officials, keep hung over his four-month-old presidency and prevented him from getting too terminate to Moscow.

On Thursday, the Washington Post and NBC News reported that Trump’s son-in-law and counsellor Jared Kushner was under scrutiny by the FBI because of his meetings with Russian officials p Trump took office.

Kushner and his wife, Trump’s daughter Ivanka, get returned to Washington after accompanying the president for the first part of his first strange tour.

Additional reporting by Steve Holland


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