Trump reportedly calls Germans ‘bad’ over automobile sales to the U.S.

President Trump told top European Union leaders that “the Germans are bad, very bad” during a closed-door assembly in Brussels, according to a report.

The President was referring to the country’s trade over-abundance with the United States, a person who attended the hour-long assembly told Der Spiegel newspaper.

Trump’s comments came during a NATO limit in Belgium he’s attending during his first abroad outing as President.

The assembly attendant quoted Trump as saying, “Look at the millions of cars they sell in the USA. Terrible. We will stop that.”

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E.U. Commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker allegedly stood up for Germany during the meeting, sources told the newspaper.

European attendees believed U.S. officials were ill-informed given the E.U. negotiates trade deals with America as a whole, not on a country-to-country basis, according to German news reports.

The commander-in-chief has formerly railed against Germany over how many cars it sells stateside.

Just days before he was sworn in, Trump vowed to levy a 35% limit taxation on alien German cars.

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German manufacturers, such as Volkswagen, sole some-more than 1 million cars to U.S. consumers last year.

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“If you wish to build cars in the world, then we wish you all the best,” Trump told the German-language Bild journal in January. “You can build cars for the United States, but for every automobile that comes to the USA, you will compensate 35 percent tax.”

But companies including BMW and Mercedes-Benz already have production plants in the U.S. and ship cars done there to Europe and Asia.

Roughly 850,000 German vehicles are done in the U.S., Reuters reported in January, and some 33,000 people are employed by the country’s automobile companies.

American drivers bought over 1.3 million cars from German companies in 2016, while Germans purchased about half a million American cars, according to past reports.

Trump hasn’t had the best attribute with Germany given holding office.

He had an icy assembly with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom he’s criticized for holding in Syrian refugees, at the White House in March.

During a photo opportunity, he clearly abandoned a handshake request from Merkel.

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