In a sudden shock to one of America’s closest allies, President Trump just called Germany “evil” and promised to stop German car sales in the U.S.
According to an article in Der Spiegel, Trump went on the offensive during the NATO meeting in Brussels, Belgium, complaining loudly about the German trade surplus.
“Germans are evil, very evil,” Trump reportedly said, according to Der Spiegel. “Look at the millions of cars they sell in the U.S., and we’ll stop that.”
According to the (translated) version of the article, Trump mentioned automaker BMW by name and threatened them with a large tax on cars exported to the U.S. if it went forward with plans to build a car manufacturing plant in Mexico.
Germany has been exporting more than it has introduced for years. Trump had already made the German surplus on the subject earlier, and the President had already expressed his critical opinion in an interview with the Bild newspaper. “I would say to BMW if they want to build a factory in Mexico and sell cars to the US without a 35 percent tax, they can forget that,” Trump said at the time. Since then, there has been a threat of a criminal tax in the room.
The news is likely particularly shocking to companies like Volkswagen Group of America, which employs 6,000 Americans and has approximately 100 dealerships throughout the country. While members of Congress haven’t yet responded to the remarks, they are sure to worry constituents in Alabama, South Carolina, and Tennessee, where the German automaker employs several thousand people in various factories.
Tom Cahill is a senior editor for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Facebook by clicking here.