Martin Schulz has hit out at Donald Trump over his Germany comments
Mr Trump hit out at the “millions of cars they’re selling in the US” and said “we will stop this”.
Now Mr Schulz has hit out at the accusation, going so far as to support his election rival Angela Merkel in the process.
Trump's statements are unbearable
He tweeted this afternoon: “Trump's statements are unbearable. If the Chancellor represents German interests she has my full support, even during the election campaign.”
This assertion of support for Ms Merkel is all the more symbolic given the pair are going head-to-head to become the country’s next Chancellor.
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An aide to Mr Trump has confirmed he hit out at Germany’s trade policy but said he did not think the country or its people were “bad”.
Gary Cohn said: “He said, ‘They’re very bad on trade’ but he doesn’t have a problem with Germany.
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“He said his dad is from Germany. He said, ‘I don’t have a problem with Germany, I have a problem with German trade’.”
It is just the latest controversy to emerge from the US president's first foreign trip.
Yesterday Mr Trump shared a particularly tense handshake with French president Emmanuel Macron, who had earlier snubbed the US leader by ignoring him in order to greet Ms Merkel.
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Martin Schulz said Donald Trump's comments were 'unbearable'
And Mr Trump was criticised for writing of his delight at visiting the Holocaust Museum "with my friends", describing the visit as "so amazing".
Mr Trump also raised eyebrows by appearing to shove Dusko Markovic, the prime minister of Montenegro, out of the way in order to get a better position for a group photograph.