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Trump calls Germans 'bad, very bad' over trade

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 26/05/2017 Jessica Estepa
President of the European Council Donald Tusk, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and US President Donald J. Trump say good-bye at the end of their meeting at the European Council, in Brussels, Belgium, 25 May 2017. © ROBERT GHEMENT, EPA President of the European Council Donald Tusk, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and US President Donald J. Trump say good-bye at the end of their meeting at the European Council, in Brussels, Belgium, 25 May 2017.

In a Brussels meeting with top European Union leadership, President Trump took a pretty personal dig at Germany over its trade surplus. 

"The Germans are bad, very bad," Trump told EU Commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council president Donald Tusk, according to German news magazine Der Spiegel

The "very bad" translation comes from the Cambridge Dictionary, anyway. Google Translate says Trump's comments actually translate to "evil, very evil." 

"Look at the millions of cars they’re selling in the US. Terrible. We will stop this,” Trump reportedly said of the Germans. 

Here's the thing: the U.S. can't negotiate a deal with Germany alone. It has to deal with the entire EU, since Germany is a member state. Merkel reminded Trump of this when they met in March, noting that trade agreements with the U.S. have "not always been all that popular in Germany either."

While Trump's irritation over German car sales isn't new – Trump told a German newspaper earlier this year he wanted a 35% import tax on BMWs assembled in Mexico to encourage manufacturers to move to the US, according to Quartz – Twitter users also wondered about the president's reported choice of words on his first foreign trip:

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