The new US President Donald Trump has German roots. His grandfather lived in the small town of Kallstadt in southwestern Germany before immigrating to America in the late 19th century.
"Friedrich, Trump's grandfather, lived in a house which you would not even pay attention to when passing by. It's a totally ordinary house on a quiet village lane," Jörg Doerr, a local tourist manager, told Sputnik Germany.
Doerr also said that Friedrich Trump arrived in America in the late 19th century and was none other than an illegal economic migrant.
"Friedrich emigrated illegally. He didn't serve in the army, so he didn't have permission to leave. Years later, when he had become a wealthy man, he wanted to go back and live in Germany, but he was not allowed to. In 1905, he had to come back to the US," Doerr said.
"In the past few months — since Trump became Republican candidate for president — the media has been increasingly interested in us. That has never happened before," Doerr said. "We thought […] that the rush would decrease after the election, but now all this seems to continue."
Local residents are not very enthusiastic about their new popularity and are not really fond of Trump's controversial statements during his election campaign. Doerr said that he and other locals prefer to have a wait-and-see attitude until Trump implements some concrete political initiatives.