Donald Trump’s trip to Europe hasn’t been short on controversy, with the US President apparently telling EU leaders: “Germans are evil.”
Mr Trump is said to have made the remarks during a meeting in Brussels yesterday (Thursday), as part of a wider conversation about Germany’s current trade arrangements with the US.
Germany’s Der Spiegel said anonymous attendees quoted Mr Trump as saying: “The Germans are evil, very evil. Look at the millions of cars they sell in the US. We’ll stop that.”
Not surprisingly, Mr Trump’s outspoken views meant that there was some disharmony between him and EU Commission leader Jean-Claude Juncker, who spoke out in defence of free trade and the benefits it offers the global economy.
New York Times’ White House Correspondent Maggie Haberman noted that the subtlety of exactly what President Trump meant to say may have been lost in translation. He could, she said, have meant that Germans were simply “very bad” rather than “very evil”.
This news comes hot on the heels of the awkward snub Mr Trump appeared to receive from French President Emmanuel Macron, who seemed to go out of his way to avoid shaking his US counterpart’s hand outside Nato HQ.
European Council President Donald Tusk admitted that all had not gone swimmingly with the US visitor, with Russian relations proving a particular bone of contention.
Mr Tusk said:”I am not 100 percent sure that we can say today… that we have a common position, common opinion, about Russia.”