Mr. Trump was persevering with a drumbeat he started throughout his go to to Europe, when he advised European Union officers that Germany was “very dangerous” on commerce. However the president’s marketing campaign towards Germany, whereas correct on the statistics, overlooks the advantages within the German-American commerce relationship, and overstates Berlin’s capacity to do a lot about it.
German corporations make use of roughly seven hundred,000 individuals in america. Carmakers like BMW and Mercedes-Benz have large American meeting crops, which export automobiles to China and Latin America. BMW’s manufacturing unit in Spartanburg, S.C., is the most important single exporter, by greenback worth, within the American automotive business.
Mr. Trump’s newest offensive seemed to be in response to peppery remarks by Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, at a political rally in Munich on Sunday, when she stated Europe might not depend on america as a associate. Europeans, she stated, wanted to “take our destiny into our personal palms.”
France additionally runs a considerable commerce surplus with america, and it, like Germany, falls in need of the army spending benchmark set by NATO, although in each instances by lower than Germany. But Mr. Trump has spared France the sort of vitriol he has given the Germans — largely, officers say, as a result of France spends extra on its protection than Germany.
When he met France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron, for the primary time in Brussels final week, he lavished reward on him for his election victory. “Everywhere in the world they’re speaking about it,” he stated. White Home officers stated Mr. Trump obtained alongside nicely with Mr. Macron in personal, however their a lot-photographed demise…