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Trump calls Germans 'very bad', vows to end car sales in US: Media

Trump berated NATO allies for "not paying what they should be paying' during his visit to Brussels

AFP/ PTI  |  Berlin 

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President launched a salvo against and its car sales in the United States at a meeting with European Union leaders, German weekly Der Spiegel reported.

"The Germans are bad, very bad," he said during a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, EU Council head Donald Tusk and other senior officials in Brussels, the news magazine's online edition said.

"See the millions of cars they are selling in the Terrible. We will stop this," he reportedly said according to "participants at the meeting".

Juncker then intervened, according to the same source, to defend by saying that free trade benefits everyone.

Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are scheduled to meet Friday at the G7 summit in Taormina, Italy.

Neither the chancellery nor the White House commented immediately on the report.

Trump's reported comments came during a visit to Brussels where he berated NATO allies for "not paying what they should be paying" and did not declare his commitment to the alliance's collective defence guarantee.

Trump, even before his election, had attacked and Merkel.

In keeping with his nationalist economic agenda, Trump had in particular hit out at Germany's substantial trade surplus with the US, threatening to introduce customs duties in retaliation.

After describing his meeting with Merkel in Washington in March as "GREAT", Trump the following day launched a diatribe against Germany, accusing it of owing "vast sums of money" to NATO and the

For her part, Merkel had called on Trump after his election to uphold the values of Western democracy following a divisive presidential campaign.

First Published: Fri, May 26 2017. 15:30 IST