President Donald Trump will return home after his first overseas trip as leader of the free world, but it didn’t go without one controversial, out-of-left-field comment.
The President told German newspaper, Spiegel Online, the country was “very bad” with regards to trade policies and called for an end of German car sales in the United States.
“The Germans are bad, very bad,” he said. “Look at the millions of cars that they’re selling in the USA. Horrible. We’re gonna stop that.”
Wherever you may stand on the political spectrum, there’s no denying this is a very, very strange comment to make.
German automakers employ thousands of Americans in the United States and have invested significantly in the America for some of the world’s largest auto plants. BMW alone builds 400,000 cars per year in the U.S. and exports them to other markets—a good thing for a trade deficit.
The president did not respond when asked about his comment, though White House economic adviser, Gary Cohn, confirmed and tried to clarify Trump’s words.
“He said they’re very bad on trade, but he doesn’t have a problem with Germany.”