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US Donald Trump and EU - there he goes again - "the Germans are bad, really bad,' Donald Trump tells EU officials" - by J. Huggler

Donald Trump railed against Germany and accused Angela Merkel’s government of unfair economic policies during a meeting with senior EU officials.

“The Germans are bad, really bad,” Mr Trump said, according to Spiegel magazine.“Look at the millions of cars they sell in the US. It’s terrible. We’ll put a stop to that.”

The remarks took place during a meeting with Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, and Donald Tusk, the head of the European Council, on Thursday.

White House economic adviser Gary Cohn later confirmed the remarks but clarified that the president "said they're very bad on trade, but he doesn't have a problem with Germany."

Mr Juncker on Friday sought to downplay the incident.

“It’s not true that the president took an aggressive approach when it came to the German trade surplus,” he said. “This is a translation issue. If someone is saying the Germans are bad that doesn’t mean this can be translated literally. He was not aggressive at all.”

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