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BMW, Mercedes Become Latest Carmakers Caught in Trump Crossfire

  • ‘Germans are bad,’ Trump reportedly told EU officials
  • Rhetoric overlooks Volkswagen, luxury automakers’ U.S. plants
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Trump's G-7 Debut Comes With Slap of German Trade

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BMW, Mercedes-Benz and VW are getting their turn in the crosshairs of U.S. President Donald Trump, who’s making a habit out of attacking the visible -- and free trade-dependent -- auto industry.

“The Germans are bad, very bad,” Der Spiegel cited Trump as saying to unidentified participants at a closed-door meeting Thursday with European Union officials in Brussels. “Look at the millions of cars that they sell in the U.S. Terrible. We’re going to stop that.”