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Cramer on Deutsche Bank: President Obama won't wipe company out

Cramer: Deutsche Bank is a political issue

CNBC's Jim Cramer said Friday that German lender Deutsche Bank probably won't pay the proposed $14 billion settlement to the U.S. Justice Department due to the political friendship between President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

In the past couple of weeks, Deutsche Bank has been hit with billions in fines from the DOJ and reports that the German government won't help the bank.

Concerns over Deutsche Bank's future have dominated market sentiment in Europe and elsewhere.

"I do think that the Justice Department at a certain point will react to some politics," Cramer said on "Squawk Box."

Cramer continued to say on "Squawk on the Street," that "at a certain point, Obama and Merkel are friends. ... They're not going to wipe out a company with 100,000 employees when President Obama is in good relationship with Merkel. On the way out, it is not going to be [Obama's] game, set, match to wipe out this company. So, what I'm saying is the $14 billion now from what I understand is going to be reduced dramatically."

Cramer's comments come even after a Reuters report said Friday that Obama and Merkel did not discuss U.S. authorities' demands for Deutsche Bank to pay the proposed fine, and a Finance Ministry spokesman said the German government denies reports that it is working on a rescue plan.

Separately, the bank has said there is no reason to worry about the proposed fine. And Deutsche Bank's CEO sought to reassure his staff on Friday about market concerns.

CNBC's Evelyn Cheng contributed to this report.