Watch Ivanka Trump sit in stony silence as Germany's Angela Merkel rips her father's trade war with Europe
February 18, 2019
The Munich Security Conference on Saturday drew a lot of attention as Vice President Mike Pence's fiery call for Europe to stand with President Donald Trump was awkwardly met with zero applause whatsoever.
<p>But another awkward moment for the president came when German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered a scorching condemnation of the <a href="https://foreignpolicy.com/gt-essay/understanding-trumps-trade-war-china-trans-pacific-nato/">U.S. trade war</a> <span class="ILfuVd">—</span> and Trump's daughter Ivanka, sitting in the crowd, could only look on in stone-cold silence as the leader of one of America's major allies ripped her father's economic policy to pieces.</p><p>"Apparently, the American secretary of trade says German cars are a threat to America's national security," said Merkel. "We're proud of our automotive industry, and, I think we can be, we're proud of our cars. They are built in the United States of America. South Carolina is one of the largest <span class="ILfuVd">—</span> it's actually the largest BMW plant. Not in Bavaria. South Carolina is supplying China."</p><p>"So when these cars that, because they're built in South Carolina, are not becoming less threatening, rather than the ones that are built in Bavaria, are supposed to be a threat to the national security of America, it's a bit of a shock to us," said Merkel, to thunderous applause <span class="ILfuVd">—</span> and silence from the First Daughter.</p><p>Watch below:</p><div class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="4a69d75e8b5381df7516641adc6ca689" id="71f5e"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet twitter-custom-tweet" data-partner="rebelmouse" data-twitter-tweet-id="1096845630276882432"><div style="margin:1em 0">Ivanka Trump is the only person in audience who doesn’t applaud after Angela Merkel points out the absurdity of Tru… https://t.co/8Cspkai0eT</div> — Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)<a href="https://twitter.com/atrupar/statuses/1096845630276882432">1550343351.0</a></blockquote></div><p>Merkel is correct. The <a href="https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2018/02/15/bmw-plant-contributes-greatly-to-s-c-export.html">BMW plant</a> in Spartanburg, South Carolina employs 10,000 American workers, and in 2017 exported $8.75 billion worth of cars through the Port of Charleston. For all of Trump's <a href="https://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/money/business/2018/03/14/bmw-silent-after-trump-fires-automaker-speech-tariffs/424803002/">demands</a> to tax BMWs and Mercedes, these car chains create a lot of American jobs and exports.</p><p>And neither Ivanka nor her father has any easy answer to that fact.</p>
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