The President called the Germans “very bad” in an unexpected outburst during a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, it has been revealed.
European Council President Donald Tusk was also at the meeting in Brussels, where it is reported the President criticised Chancellor Angela Merkel’s country.
According to Der Spiegel, Trump said: “See the millions of cars they are selling in the US. Terrible.
“We will stop this.”
The same publication reported Mr Juncker responded by supporting Germany.
Officials in Brussels came away form talks with the US President saying he had failed to understand the way the bloc trades as a group, not country-by-country.
President Trump raised concerns with German-US trade.
Earlier this year he suggested he would impose a 35 per cent tax on the country’s auto imports.
He said: “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 US, 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 US, without a 35 percent tax, then you can forget that.”
President Trump was in Brussels fro 36 hours for meetings with EU leaders, including a lunch with new French President Emmanuel Macron.
Mr Trump attended a meeting of Nato nations yesterday where he hit out at the majority of members who do not pay two per cent of GDP into the defence fund.
He is in Italy today and tomorrow for a G7 summit.
Speaking to reporters today, Mr Juncker denied the reports.
The European Commission president said: “He did not say that the Germans were behaving badly.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May took the meeting as an opportunity to tell Mr Trump he must stop leaks of intelligence in his country after the Manchester terror attack.
Yesterday Mr Trump failed to agree with Mr Tusk and Mr Juncker on the most important global issues from global trade to Russia.
The President also sat down with Emmanuel Macron who hoped to convince him not to walk away from the Paris Accord on climate change.