We buy very few American cars because they are mediocre. But we do buy iPhones, use American web-services, the freakin cheese grater i bought a couple of days ago says "Made in the USA" on it. How would you possibly arrive at the conclusion that Germany refuses to buy American? And please remind me again which jobs we took, i can't seem to remember...
Oh by the way. How do you like the big Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga? Or the Airbus assembly line in Mobile? Or numerous other German cooperations like Siemens, BASF or Bayer that produce goods on American soil with American workers for decades?
The car market share numbers Trump is quoting are complete nonsense.
When Trump first claimed Germany doesn't buy american cars, Opel was still owned by GM (prior to his election). And if you add Opel's & Ford's market shares in Germany, we get to a double digit percent number (roughly 14%). German cars in the US only account for a signle digit percent number (around 8% I believe). So in reality, Germans buy more cars from US companies than the other way round. The manufacturing location is irrelevant since German companies also produce in the US.
Same with the claimed trade deficit vs. Germany, it would be balanced if you included Services (not just goods). Sadly Google, Apple, McDonalds, etc. transfer all their profits as part of so called license fees to Ireland or Caribbean islands, so they don't show up in the official trade balance between the two countries. Certainly not Germany's fault.
Sadly Trump voters don't seem to care for the truth
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