The great divider, Donald Trump, has managed to thrust another wedge between the U.S. and one of our closest allies, Germany. From the beginning, he has snubbed this friend of America, which is ironic, because his grandfather immigrated from this country. The commander-in-chief’s latest announcement may cause a total break.
It is as if Trump gets on the phone with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin late at night and cooks up a daily plan to destroy our alliances and explode the U.S.’s relationship with the European Union. The president has already clearly expressed his disdain for NATO.
When German Chancellor Angela Merkel came to visit the White House early in Trump’s presidency, he was out-and-out rude. She asked if they should shake hands before the cameras in the White House. Our supposed leader simply ignored her.
Now, the man sitting in the Oval Office plans to block German luxury carmaker imports from the U.S. market, the German magazine WirschaftsWoche reported exclusively. Several U.S. and European diplomats reportedly said Trump told France’s President Emmanuel Macron his absurd plans.
Trump wants to stop importing Mercedes-Benz. After the news came out, Europe’s auto sector started trading lower. That included Daimler, Porsche, and Volkswagen, too.
The U.S. Department of Commerce started an investigation into imported cars to see whether they “threaten to impair the national security.” Trump could use that ridiculous argument to boost tariffs 25 percent. Plus, he could include metal import charges.
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