That this claim about German cars was being bandied about was pointed out by no less than a person than the German chancellor, Angela Merkel.
Ivanka Trump is the only person in audience who doesn’t applaud after Angela Merkel points out the absurdity of Trump claiming German cars are a national security threat pic.twitter.com/Op11wls73R— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 16, 2019
Addressing a security conference in Munich last week, Merkel said, "...apparently the American secretary of trade says German cars are a threat to America's national security".
"We're proud of our automotive industry and I think we can be," she said. "We are proud of our cars. They are built in the US. South Carolina is one of the largest.. it's actually the largest BMW plant not in Bavaria.
Her audience applauded and laughed, with the lone member of the audience who kept a poker face being Ivanka Trump, the daughter of US President Donald Trump.