The German government is said to be concerned over Trump’s comments on NATO being obsolete and plans to put 35% tariffs on German car imports.
The president-elect has said that he feels NATO is obsolete and that it can’t fight terrorism. This has called ripples both in the EU and NATO itself.
The German foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said this has caused “confusion and anxiety” and that when EU foreign leaders meet on Monday that Trump’s comments would “probably be influenced, if not dominated” by those comments.
Trump told German newspaper, Bild, “I said a long time ago that Nato had problems.
“Number one, it was obsolete, because it was designed many, many years ago. Number two, the countries aren’t paying what they’re supposed to pay.
“I took such heat when I said Nato was obsolete. It’s obsolete because it wasn’t taking care of terror. I took a lot of heat for two days. And then they started saying, ‘Trump is right.’”
Several NATO countries are concerned that Trump will split the alliance.
Mr Steinmeier said, “This contradicts what the American defence secretary said in his hearing in Washington only a few days ago and we have to see what it means for American policy.”
Trump Hits out at German Car Markers
Donald Trump also hit out at German car makers telling the newspaper, “If you want to build cars in the world, then I wish you all the best. You can build cars for the United States, but for every car that comes to the USA, you will pay 35 percent tax.
“I would tell BMW that if you are building a factory in Mexico and plan to sell cars to the USA, without a 35 percent tax, then you can forget that.”
Sigmar Gabriel, German Economic Minister, said that America should concentrate on competing with German car quality rather than penalising manufacturers.