Conservative MP Michael Gove got to flex his journalistic muscles last week when he became first Brit to interview incoming president Donald Trump.
During the interview, Trump said Germany had been “very unfair to the US” because, while you see German-made cars in the US, you don’t see many US cars in Germany.
If you go down Fifth Avenue everyone has a Mercedes Benz in front of his house, isn’t that the case?
How many Chevrolets do you see in Germany? Not very many, maybe none at all … It’s a one-way street.
Trump said, “It’s gotta be a two-way street”, and threatened a 35 per cent tariff on BMW cars imported into the US.
Germany’s deputy chancellor and minister for the economy, Sigmar Gabriel responded to the property tycoon's comments in the best way.
He was quoted in Monday’s daily Bild saying that the US simply needs to “Build better cars”.
Gabriel also said he believes BMW’s biggest factory is in the US, and that the US car industry would have a “bad awakening” if all the supply parts that aren’t built in the US were suddenly given a 35 per cent tariff.