Trump said yesterday that his father was from Germany while expressing his frustration about the country’s payments toward NATO. Trump said at the White House,
“Germany, honestly, is not paying their fair share. My father is German, was German. Born in a very wonderful place in Germany, so I have a great feeling for Germany.“
According to The Washington Post this as least the third time Trump has made this claim about his father, Fred Trump, who was born in New York City in 1905.
But Trump’s grandfather, Friedrich Trump, was born in Germany and emigrated to the U.S. in 1885, according to a report from the Post in 2016.
According to the AP, after finding success in the U.S., Friedrich Trump attempted to resettle in Germany but he was expelled in 1905, apparently for EMIGRATING ILLEGALLY and returned to the U.S. when his wife was pregnant with Trump’s father.
Trump’s mother, Mary Anne MacLeod, was born in Scotland. The Post also noted that Trump mentioned his father being from Germany while attending the NATO summit in Brussels.
“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.“
Andy Borowitz hit the nail on the head when he joked with a New Yorker headline,
“Germany Demands Apology After Trump Claims Father Was Born There”
Trump just said “my father is German, was German. Born in a very wonderful place in Germany.” Fred Trump was born in New York. pic.twitter.com/U6eWYPzjrJ
— Tommy MMXIXtopher (@tommyxtopher) April 2, 2019
(Photo, YouTube; via The Hill)