Trump Threatens to Stop Germany from Selling Cars in US
May 26, 2017
President Donald Trump reportedly threatened the ‘Very Bad’ Germans from selling their cars in the United States.
(WASHINGTON, DC) U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to stop German car sales in America during a meeting with European officials in Brussels on Thursday, Germany’s Der Spiegel reported.
“The Germans are bad, very bad,” said Trump, as quoted by Spiegel.
“Look at the millions of cars they sell in the US, and we’ll stop that,” he added, according to the newspaper, citing participants in the meeting.
According to a report from German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, the EU officials were horrified at the extent of the Americans’ lack of awareness of European trade policy.
Apparently, it was unclear to the guests EU countries concluded trade agreements only jointly, the newspaper said.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker denied Trump was hostile to Germany in the Brussels talks.
“He did not say the Germans were behaving badly,” Juncker said, adding that the reports in the German media were exaggerated.
In January, the US president threatened to impose a 35 percent import tax on German cars.
“If you want to build cars in the world, 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 pay 35 percent tax,” Trump said in an interview with German newspaper Bild.
“I would tell BMW that if you are building a factory in Mexico and plan to sell cars to the USA, without a 35 percent tax, then you can forget that,” Trump said.
Trump is also angered by Germany’s €253 billion trade surplus, which he says comes at a loss for the US.
In March, he signed executive orders to review the causes of the US trade deficits with some of its largest trading partners – including China and Germany – and push for stricter enforcement of US anti-dumping laws. The US trade deficit in goods and services topped $500 billion in 2016.
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