Donald Trump Admitted To Making Up Trade Deficit With Canada During Talks With PM

Type: Poor DiplomacyMar 14 2018 Severity:
Targeted: Justin TrudeauAbout: Free Trade
Donald Trump admitted to lying about the US having a trade deficit with Canada during a recent meeting with the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, insisting that the US has a deficit when in fact the US has a $12.5 billion surplus with them. Trump admitted that he made it up and said that he told Trudeau that he "felt differently" when Trudeau provided him with the facts.

Main Source: cnn.com

Quote | The US actually has a $12.5 billion trade surplus with Canada.

“[Canadian Prime Minister Justin] Trudeau came to see me. He’s a good guy, Justin. He said, ‘No, no, we have no trade deficit with you, we have none. Donald, please,’ ” Trump said, “Nice guy, good-looking guy, comes in — ‘Donald, we have no trade deficit.’ He’s very proud because everybody else, you know, we’re getting killed.

“... So, he’s proud. I said, ‘Wrong, Justin, you do.’ I didn’t even know. ... I had no idea. I just said, ‘You’re wrong.’ You know why? Because we’re so stupid. … And I thought they were smart. I said, ‘You’re wrong, Justin.’ He said, ‘Nope, we have no trade deficit.’ I said, ‘Well, in that case, I feel differently,’ I said, ‘but I don’t believe it.’ I sent one of our guys out, his guy, my guy, they went out, I said, ‘Check, because I can’t believe it.’"

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