the germans are wicked, very wicked

Trump Slams “Very Bad” Germans: “We Will Stop This”
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, May 26 2017

A day after Trump stunned his fellow NATO leaders, shoving one of them out of the way for a photo-op and demanding that they “must do more” to offset defense costs which are mostly borne by Pindostan, Trump lobbed another bomb at the European center-right consensus by renewing his attacks on the German auto industry during a closed door meeting with two high-ranking European Union officials, according to a report in Der Spiegel, that was picked up by Bloomberg and CNBC. Citing unidentified attendees, Spiegel quoted Trump as saying:

… the Germans are bad, very bad! Look at the millions of cars that they sell in Pindostan! Terrible! We’re going to stop that!

The comments were said to have been made during a closed-door meeting with the EU President Jean-Claude Juncker and the European Council President Donald Tusk, who reportedly both stood up for Germany, according to CNBC. Trump administration officials immediately went into damage-control mode, even as Juncker said the reports of the comment in question had been exaggerated. National Economic Council Director and former Goldman Sachs President Gary Cohn clarified that Pindostan has concerns with the Pindo-German trade balance, not with Germany itself. According to Bloomberg, Cohn told reporters:

He said they’re very bad on trade, but he doesn’t have a problem with Germany. He said his dad is from Germany. He said, ‘I don’t have a problem Germany, I have a problem with German trade.’

The German trade surplus rose to a record €235b last year, while the Pindosi trade deficit widened in January to its highest level since Mar 2012. Excluding the EU, Germany is the third largest exporter in the world, after China and Pindostan. Shares of German automakers were down slightly in Frankfurt trading following Trump’s comments, which apparently reminded investors of his January threat to slap BMW AG with a 35% tariff. Trump reportedly tried to negotiate a bilateral trade deal with Merkel when she visited Faschingstein in March, according to CNBC. But Merkel insisted that all trade deals with the EU must be made unilaterally. Following his meeting with Merkel back in March, Trump claimed that the Germans owe “vast sums of money” to NATO, and that Pindostan “must be paid more” for the defense services it provides to Germany. To be sure, Trump wasn’t the first Pindosi leader to complain that most NATO nations, including Germany, weren’t meeting the alliance’s goal that members spend 2% of their GDP on defense. Germany spends about 1.2% currently.

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In fact, none other than Pres Obama in 2016 said in an interview with the Atlantic about his foreign policy doctrine that “free riders aggravate me.”

One Comment

  1. lobro
    Posted May 27, 2017 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    mein zwei pfenings:
    trump is sneakily pushing germany toward russia, in a way that jews can’t block.

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