Trump’s Germany Criticism Denied — Then Confirmed — By Aides
Report: U.S. president called Germans ‘bad, very bad’ on trade tactics

President Donald Trump approaches German Chancellor Angela Merkel as world leaders arrive for their group photo at the G7 summit in Taormina, Italy, on Friday. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

The White House is sending mixed signals about a report that President Donald Trump blasted Germany over its auto exports to the United States, the first major dustup during his inaugural foreign trip.

The Germans are bad, very bad,” President Trump allegedly said, according to German news magazine Der Spiegel, citing sources who were in the room. “See the millions of cars they sell in the U.S., terrible. We will stop this.”

Lawmakers to Obama: Press Allies at NATO Summit
White House official: 'Inflection point' as alliance faces old, new threats

Republicans and Democrats are urging President Barack Obama  to use his final NATO summit to press European leaders to be more aggressive against an old threat from their eastern flank and a new one to their south.  

White House officials see the gathering coming at "an inflection point" for NATO and Europe. Beginning Friday in the Polish capital of Warsaw, Western leaders will discuss what seems to be an ever-swelling list of threats that includes a more aggressive Russia, Islamic State attacks and a flood of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa.  

German Parliament Recognizes Armenian Genocide, Measure That Has Failed in US
Vote condemned by Turkey which has recalled its German ambassador

Sens. Robert Menendez, left, and Charles E. Schumer attend a rally to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Turkish massacre of Armenians last year in New York. (Kevin Hagen/Getty Images file photo)

The German Parliament on Thursday approved a measure  recognizing the  1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces a "genocide," drawing attention to the failures of similar efforts in the United States.  

Turkey, the successor state to the Ottoman Empire, condemned the vote and responded by recalling its ambassador from Germany. The expected backlash from Ankara comes just when the European Union is looking to the country to help stem the flow of migrants into Europe.

World Reacts to Trump
Some are shocked, some say the U.S. is getting what it deserves

Israel's Haaretz newspaper proclaimed that Donald Trump had completed his "hostile takeover" of the Republican Party. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

With Texas Sen. Ted Cruz dropping out of the presidential race and Donald Trump becoming the Republican Party's presumptive nominee, the world reacted with a bit of surprise and some chiding.  

In Germany, the left-leaning Die Tageszeitung's  headline translated to “unpleasant truths,” with the subhead: “Although it is hard to bear: Trump deserves this result. And the Republicans will get what they deserve.”