The EU leaders were also appalled at the Americans' poor knowledge of EU-US trade policy, both papers say.
"The Germans are bad, very bad", Trump said of Germany's trade policies.
Trump is bothered by Germany's trade surplus because many other countries have deficits, particularly the U.S.
In other words, the European Union negotiates as a single entity, not as individual nations. Per Der Spiegel, Juncker stood up for Germany, explaining to Trump that free trade is a good thing. "This hope may well bury the Europeans".
It's worth noting that Donald Trump is clearly a fan of German cars, as the only video we've seen of him actually driving shows him behind the wheel of a Rolls Royce, which is built by German company BMW. You can build cars for the United States, but for every auto that comes to the U.S., you will pay 35 percent tax..More news: OnePlus 3T is being discontinued to make way for the OnePlus 5
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Trump's new comments impugning the Germans for exporting cars were made in a meeting with the European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the European Council president, Donald Tusk.
His attack was met with a swift response from Germany's economy minister and vice-chancellor.
Trump's apparent pledge to end German vehicle sales in the U.S.is a dumb one considering how many German cars are made in the U.S.
The Times went on to note that the auto industry is a complex one, and offered that Mercedes-Benz builds many of its cars in Alabama, while BMW reportedly exports an estimated 70 percent of the cars it makes in its SC plant. "The US auto industry would have a bad awakening if all the supply parts that aren't being built in the US were to suddenly come with a 35% tariff". Trump said, "Look at the millions of cars they sell in the U.S., and we'll stop that". We will stop this.
UPDATE: 5:16 PM EDT - Der Spiegel's English Twitter account just posted this, quoting Trump saying, "The Germans are bad, very bad".