German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has warned that the U.S. and Europe might be heading for a trade war.
“There are things that cause us great concern that the United States is starting a trade war against Europe. This would, of course, trigger a reaction in Europe,” Gabriel told German radio station Deutschlandfunk.
Gabriel did not expand on why he was worried but the blunt warning from Germany’s second most senior politician came just hours before a meeting between President Trump and Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Trump has criticized Germany on several occasions. He said the country was “very bad for trade” and slammed it for running a big trade surplus.
“We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military. Very bad for U.S. This will change,” he tweeted in May. Read more here.