President Trump used a NATO meeting to criticize its members for not spending enough and to complain about trade deficits.
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In a Brussels meeting with top European Union leadership, President Trump took a pretty personal dig at Germany over its trade surplus.
“The Germans are bad, very bad,” Trump toldÂ EU Commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council president Donald Tusk, according toÂ German news magazine Der Spiegel.
The “very bad” translation comes from the Cambridge Dictionary, anyway. Google Translate says Trump’s comments actually translateÂ toÂ “evil, very evil.”
“Look at the millions of cars theyâre selling in the US. Terrible. We will stop this,â Trump reportedly said of the Germans.
Here’s the thing: the U.S. can’t negotiate a deal with Germany alone. It has to deal with the entire EU, since Germany is a member state. Merkel reminded Trump of this when they met in March, noting that trade agreements with the U.S. haveÂ “not always been all that popular in Germany either.”
While Trump’s irritation over German car sales isn’t new âÂ Trump told a German newspaper earlier this year he wanted aÂ 35% import tax on BMWs assembled in Mexico to encourage manufacturers to move to the US, according to Quartz âÂ Twitter users also wondered about the president’s reported choice of words on his first foreign trip: