Angela Merkel

Trump’s Germany Criticism Denied — Then Confirmed — By Aides
Report: U.S. president called Germans ‘bad, very bad’ on trade tactics

President Donald Trump approaches German Chancellor Angela Merkel as world leaders arrive for their group photo at the G7 summit in Taormina, Italy, on Friday. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

The White House is sending mixed signals about a report that President Donald Trump blasted Germany over its auto exports to the United States, the first major dustup during his inaugural foreign trip.

The Germans are bad, very bad,” President Trump allegedly said, according to German news magazine Der Spiegel, citing sources who were in the room. “See the millions of cars they sell in the U.S., terrible. We will stop this.”

White House Watch: A White House in Transition
 

Can U.S.-U.K. Bond Survive a British Exit From EU?
Obama, Cameron defend 'special relationship' as Merkel ascends

President Barack Obama calls the U.S. relationship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Obama “as important a relationship as I’ve had in my presidency.” The two talked Sunday during the opening ceremony of the Hanover industry Fair. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron were on the defensive, arguing that the U.S.-U.K. “special relationship” could endure Britain's possible exit from the European Union.  

But Washington is increasingly turning to another European power when it needs help: Germany.