Donald Trump Disses Germans At NATO Summit, Vows To Stop Sales Of German Cars

 

Donald Trump is suffering from oral diarrhea again. On May 25, while attending a NATO function in Brussels, the braying jackass masquerading as America’s putative president told the assembled officials, “The Germans are bad, very bad. Look at the millions of cars they sell in the US. We will stop this.”

Image by Kürschner, art produced and displayed in Germany

His remarks were first reported by German newspaper Der Spiegel and some have suggested that translation issues may have been responsible for a misunderstanding. However, Der Spiegel claims a number of people heard The Donald’s intemperate remarks and interpreted them the same way. Remember, this is the same little boy in grownup clothes who handed Angela Merkel a bill for the cost of keeping American troops on German soil for the past 50 years when she visited Washington earlier this year.

This is not the first time Trump has had vacuous things to say about German carmakers. In January, he said much the same thing, complaining he sees nothing but Mercedes in Manhattan but no Cadillacs in Europe. He threatened back then to impose a 35% import duty on German cars, which spurred one German car company executive to quip that America should “build better cars.”

Trump repeated his threat to slap a high tariff on German cars again in Brussels, blissfully unaware that Volkswagen and BMW manufacture large number of cars in the US. His remarks are just another example of someone who shoots from the lip without any knowledge of the subject he is talking about. As one person commented on Jalopnik, “The working assumption now is that Donald Trump doesn’t know anything, period.”

“According to MIT’s Observatory of Economic Complexity, a visualization tool for international trade data, Germany has a $252 billion positive trade balance, with the majority of goods being cars, which make up 12 percent of all exports,” Jalopnik writes. “The top destination for German export goods, the OEC shows, is the U.S., representing 9.9 percent of all export value, or $122 billion.”

Trump’s director of the National Economic Council, Gary Cohn, says the press is blowing this all out of proportion. “He did say, ‘They’re very bad on trade,’” Cohn admits, but he claims his boss doesn’t have a problem with Germany. “He said his dad is from Germany. He said, ‘I don’t have a problem with Germany, I have a problem with German trade.’”

But another German newspaper, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, claims European officials who heard Trump’s remarks were horrified at our Dear Leader’s lack of the most basic understanding of international trade agreements. He continues to spout ignorance every time he opens his mouth and is doing little on his grand tour to the G7 meeting other than convincing world leaders he is a dangerous lunatic who is best ignored. Sadly, America’s position on the world stage is being greatly diminished by Trump’s stupidity. Soon, the world will move on to more important things and leave America to stew in its own hyper-nationalistic juices.

Source: Jalopnik





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  • Eco Logical

    Well stated Steve, my sentiments exactly!

  • Damien

    Thank you for this article, Trump is a very bad president and obviously knows nothing about cars. He’s so nasty even his wife hates him… impeachment is way overdue.

    • Epicurus

      From a tactical POV, it would be better to keep him in office.

  • Matjaž Ciglar

    Orange face might be lucky, while Tesla is doing dirty work expelling Germans out. They sell more luxury cars than Mercedes, BMW and Porsche combined. Model 3 will make similar purge in middle class segment.
    Finally America has made better car than Germans again!

    • Damien

      Not in terms of quality.

      • Epicurus

        Tesla has a quality problem? Is it any worse than any other auto manufacturer?

        • Damien

          My recently delivered Model S 90D (which Is my favorite car) had a rear door rubber not properly in place at delivery and the lid of the centre consol was damaged. They fixed both items relatevly quickly. Also within the first 1000 km the entire left hand side door handles and window controls were disabled. So a ranger came and fixed it within a few days, but meanwhile I had to open the door from inside and go around to get in… the ranger said he’d never seen that before so I guess I’m a bit unlucky, or reading from some other owner experiences, these issues do occur. Subjective issue: the door closing sound could be a bit more German… like the door of an A8. I know they’re very solid and safe and all, but they could have a more solid sound to them. These are details, Totally understandable from my perspective, since they’re new to this and the rest of the car is amazing. I have had issues with fossils as well, Toyota was a horrible ownership experience for instance, not reliable for me. I do hope that they can rival Germans interior wise, because its such a cool design and the controls and interface are so intuitive.

    • Steve Hanley

      Good points all.

  • Epicurus

    “[Trump] continues to spout ignorance every time he opens his mouth and is
    doing little on his grand tour to the G7 meeting other than convincing
    world leaders he is a dangerous lunatic who is best ignored.”

    The rest of the world should treat the U.S. as a pariah and punish us for Trump’s stupid climate and environmental policies which threaten ordinary Americans and the world.

    “His remarks are just another example of someone who shoots from the lip
    without any knowledge of the subject he is talking about. As one person
    commented on Jalopnik, ‘The working assumption now is that Donald Trump
    doesn’t know anything, period.’”

    In my experience (35 years in the oil industry), the same could be said of almost all wealthy businessmen. They are cunning and clever and obsessed with making money, but they know next to nothing about anything else, especially macroeconomics. The people who idolize wealthy businessmen and think they should be running government don’t know anything about wealthy business people or about government.