National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn on Friday clarified President Trump’s recent remark that “the Germans are bad, very bad.”
“[Trump] said they’re very bad on trade,” he said in Sicily, Italy, according to Bloomberg. “He said, ‘I don’t have a problem [with] Germany. I have a problem with German trade.’”
Der Spiegel on Thursday reported that Trump voiced significant displeasure over Germany’s trade surplus during a meeting with European Union leaders in Brussels that day.
“The Germans are bad, very bad,” he said, according to meeting participants. “See the millions of cars they are selling to the U.S. Terrible. We will stop this.”