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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: “State, local officials say Trump should rethink his remark about German automakers”

May 30, 2017

“Business and political leaders in South Carolina — where German automakers have invested billions — were taken aback Friday by reports that President Trump made derogatory remarks about German auto sales in the United States.

“The head of the state Chamber of Commerce said he is ‘a little surprised and disappointed’ by Trump’s remarks published Thursday. Perhaps the president needs to be ‘educated’ about the benefits German carmakers have brought to South Carolina, Ted Pitts told The State newspaper. …

“‘I’m a little surprised that the president has chosen to attack German (auto) manufacturers ... that have been good to South Carolina,’ Pitts, once the chief of staff to then-Gov. Nikki Haley, told The State newspaper. ‘All he would have to do is come spend a day or two in South Carolina and he would learn how we truly value them.’ …

“‘Instead of criticizing Germany, we ought to be looking at what they’re doing,’ Pitts said of the size of that nation’s auto industry. ‘We’re third (globally). They’re first.

“‘We think this is just an education issue, getting this president spun up on what is really going on in the United States,’ Pitts said.”

To read The State’s entire story, click here.

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