Merkel Calls Out Trump, Citing U.S. Services Surplus With Europe

(Bloomberg) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the U.S. runs a trade surplus with Europe when services are included, marshaling a rebuff to President Donald Trump’s sustained criticism of German exports.

In an address in Berlin, Merkel said the niche was discussed now week’s tumultuous List of Seven summit, wherein a U.S.-Canadian trade dispute caused Trump to renege on his support for any leaders’ concluding statement.

“Trade surpluses are still calculated inside a pretty old-fashioned way, based only on goods,” Merkel told a small business conference of her Christian Democratic Union party . “However, if you include services inside the trade balance, the U.S. has big surplus with Europe.”

Merkel indicated she lobbied Trump to steer clear of slapping tariffs on U.S. vehicle imports from Europe, a measure that threatens to hit German carmakers the most challenging. She said she proposed a work on the car industry’s “strategic importance” upon sides of the Atlantic, followed by talks while using the purpose of avoiding unilateral measures.

Trump said on Twitter in March when the EU drops its “horrific barriers & tariffs on U.S. products opting, we shall likewise drop ours,” but he would otherwise “tax cars.”