Donald Trump said his father was born in Germany. He wasn’t.
The US president falsely claimed his father was born in the European country during a meeting with NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg at the White House.
Trump said he had “great respect” for Angela Merkel and Germany, and talked about the country increasing its military spending at the press event.
And then he uttered the untruth.
“My father is German, right, was German.” He said.
And born in a very wonderful place in Germany, and so I have a great feeling for Germany, but they’re not paying what they should be paying.
Donald Trump’s father, Fred Trump, was born in New York City.
Trump’s grandfather, Friedrich Trump, was born in Germany before emigrating to the US in 1885, at the age of 16 years old.
This isn’t the first time he misspoke about his dad's place of birth.
Trump has been confused about this topic before.
At last year's NATO summit in the Belgian capital of Brussels, he said: "I have great respect for Germany. My father is from Germany… Both of my parents are from the EU - despite the fact they don’t treat us well on trade."
Last July during a trip to Scotland, he also told CBS News: “Don’t forget both of my parents were born in EU sectors - my mother was Scotland, my father was Germany.”
I can't access the original from home, but here's the index listing for Fred Trump's 1905 birth. In New York City.… https://t.co/JgXy4v3XTu
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It's strange that Trump is now saying his father was born in Germany. In "The Art of the Deal," Trump incorrectly… https://t.co/ASbzyRNUSM