WH Official: Trump Said Germany Is ‘Very Bad On Trade,’ Not In General

National Economic Director Gary Cohn speaks in the briefing room of the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. President Donald Trump is proposing dramatically reducing the taxes paid by corporations ... National Economic Director Gary Cohn speaks in the briefing room of the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. President Donald Trump is proposing dramatically reducing the taxes paid by corporations big and small in an overhaul his administration says will spur economic growth and bring jobs and prosperity to the middle class. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) MORE LESS
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May 26, 2017 8:26 a.m.

Following a report in German media outlet Der Spiegel that President Donald Trump told European Union leaders at a meeting in Brussels that the Germans are “very bad,” a White House official clarified that Trump said that Germany is bad “on trade.”

“He said they’re very bad on trade but he doesn’t have a problem with Germany,” Gary Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council, told Politico’s Tara Palmeri, the White House pool reporter following Trump on Friday.

Cohn was responding to a report in Der Spiegel about comments Trump made to EU leaders at a gathering in Brussels.

“The Germans are bad, very bad,” Trump said, according to unnamed participants in the meeting cited by Der Spiegel. “See the millions of cars they are selling to the U.S. Terrible. We will stop this.”

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