Trump incorrectly says that his father was born in Germany

President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day MORE on Tuesday incorrectly said his father was from Germany while expressing frustration about the country’s payments toward NATO.

"Germany, honestly, is not paying their fair share," Trump said at the White House before noting that he has "great respect" for German Chancellor Angela Merkel and "great respect for the country."

"My father is German, was German," he continued. "Born in a very wonderful place in Germany, so I have a great feeling for Germany."

The Washington Post said it as least the third time Trump has made this particular claim about his father, Fred Trump, who was born in New York City in 1905. 


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.

After finding success in the U.S., Friedrich Trump attempted to resettle in Germany, according to The Associated Press. But the Post added that he was expelled in 1905, apparently for emigrating illegally. He returned with his wife to the U.S. when she was pregnant with Fred Trump. 

Trump made the claims about his father multiple times in 2018 while discussing relations between the U.S. and European countries. 

"Don’t forget both of my parents were born in EU sectors, OK?" Trump said in an interview last July. "My mother was Scotland. My father was Germany."


Trump's mother, Mary Anne MacLeod, was born in Scotland. 

The Post noted that Trump also mentioned his father being from Germany while attending the NATO summit in Brussels. 

"I have great respect for Germany; my father is from Germany," Trump said. "Both of my parents are from the EU, despite the fact they don’t treat us well on trade."