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Cohn Acknowledges Trump Called Germany ‘Very Bad on Trade’

  • Cohn says Trump spoke about German trade, not Germany itself
  • Sign of distance between Trump and Europeans as summit starts
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Trump's G-7 Debut Comes With Slap of German Trade

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Donald Trump’s top economic adviser acknowledged that the president said Germany is “very bad” when it comes to flooding the U.S. with cars, but insisted it wasn’t a dig at one of the U.S.’s most important allies.

“He said, ‘They’re very bad on trade,’ but he doesn’t have a problem with Germany,” Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council, said as Trump joined a meeting of the Group of Seven leaders in Sicily. “He said his dad is from Germany. He said, ‘I don’t have a problem with Germany, I have a problem with German trade’.”