Report: Trump Says He Made Up Facts In Meeting With Trudeau

Report Trump Says He Made Up Facts In Meeting With TrudeauPresident Trump on Wednesday admitted to spouting off made-up facts to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about a nonexistent trade deficit, The Washington Post reports. Speaking at a fundraising event in Missouri, the president told donors he’d complained of a major trade deficit with Canada without really knowing whether that claim was true. β€œTrudeau came to see me. He’s a good guy, Justin. He said, β€˜No, no, we have no trade deficit with you, we have none. Donald, please,’” he said, according to the Post. β€œI said, β€˜Wrong, Justin, you do.’ I didn’t even know… I had no idea. I just said, β€˜You’re wrong.’” After having someone check the information, Trump said, he learned Trudeau was actually right. He insisted losses from energy and timber still amounted to a $17 billion a year loss for the U.S., however. The U.S. actually has a trade surplus with Canada, according to the Office of the United States Trade Representative. The president repeatedly praised himself in the 30-minute Missouri speech, presenting himself as a strong leader standing up to other nations determined to take advantage of the U.S.