Trump’s ever-expanding axis of evil (i.e. anybody he doesn’t find “tremendous”) grew just a little bit more yesteady. Along with Muslims and exercise, Trump has now decided that Germans are “very bad.” Trump, eloquent as ever, has taken offense to Germany’s trade surplus with the United States. According to German news outlet Der Spiegel (presumably German for “fake news”), Trump made his remarks while voicing his frustration during a meeting with top EU leaders.
The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has dismissed the notion that Trump was actively disparaging Germans as a nation but rather asserting his displeasure with the impossibility of making trade deals with individual members of the European Union. According to Junker:
I was making clear that the U.S. cannot compare their trade situation with individual member states of the European Union. They have to compare their performances with the global performances of the European Union, and I made it clear that the commission is charged with trade issues and not the member states.
As Trump learned back in March, German Chancellor Angela Merkel frustratingly adheres to these bylaws, and would not allow a bilateral agreement to form without EU consent.
Trump has gone on record to say that he wants to heavily tax German cars telling German newspaper Bild: “If you want to build cars in the world, then I wish you all the best. You can build cars for the United States, but for every car that comes to the USA, you will pay 35 percent tax.”
If that doesn’t work, Trump has reportedly vowed to block the sales of all German cars in America. As long as Trump is president, you can be sure he will do everything in his power to stop at least one foreign thing from entering the country: whether it be illegal Mexican immigrants, muslim refugees or even just some German automobiles. If none of those bans come through, Trump may be forced to resort to forbidding foreign Chinese takeout from entering the White House as a means of salvaging some victory from his presidency.