Trump just insulted a major U.S. ally and trade partner for selling too many cars in the United States and stealing American jobs during his first meeting with European leaders in Brussels, Belgium. The president labeled Germany as “very evil” before hinting at a possible trade war with the European country.
The Germans are evil, very evil. Look at the millions of cars they sell in the US, and we’ll stop that,
the president said.
Trump’s Insults Major NATO Partner
The insult aimed at one of the United States’ top NATO partners and major allies was reported by the German newspaper Der Spiegel. According to the newspaper, the U.S. leader “complained bitterly” about the European nation’s successful trade with the U.S. Der Spiegel quoted anonymous sources who took part in the meeting.
Experts noted that calling an allied nation “evil” is an unacceptable diplomatic gaffe. However, it is not the first time a U.S. president rattles the international community. George W. Bush made headlines when he branded North Korea, Iran, and Iraq as the “Axis of Evil.”
Trade War May Be Looming
Yet, Trump took things one step further when he insulted not only a country but its people too. Making a blanket statement about the German people for being “evil” is a catastrophic mishap for U.S. diplomacy. Trump’s words can reopen old wounds as people may associate modern Germany which atoned for much of the crimes of Nazi Germany with a fascist nation.
But slapping modern Germans with a label was not enough. Trump threatened them with a trade war too. America is one of the top 5 nations the U.S. is doing trade with. So, starting a trade war with Germany, which is also one of the strongest economies in the Old Continent, would be catastrophically foolish.
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