Trump Boasts Of Making Up Information During Meeting With Canadian Prime Minister, Attacks US Allies
President Donald Trump boasted on March 14 that he made up information during a meeting with a top U.S. ally, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Trump boasted of his own ignorance during a fundraising speech in Missouri, notes The Washington Post:
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.”
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.”
“Well, sir, you’re actually right. We have no deficit, but that doesn’t include energy and timber. … And when you do, we lose $17 billion a year.” It’s incredible.
According to the Office of the United States Trade, the United States has a trade surplus with Canada. The Office of the United States Trade noted in 2016, the United States exported $12.5 billion more in goods and services than it imported from Canada, leading to a trade surplus, not a deficit.
In response to the story, Trump went on Twitter to double-down on his blatant lie that the U.S. has a trade “deficit” with Canada.
We do have a Trade Deficit with Canada, as we do with almost all countries (some of them massive). P.M. Justin Trudeau of Canada, a very good guy, doesn’t like saying that Canada has a Surplus vs. the U.S.(negotiating), but they do…they almost all do…and that’s how I know!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2018
Also during his speech in Missouri, Trump attacked other U.S. allies, Trump accused the European Union, China, Japan and South Korea of ripping off the U.S. for decades and pillaging the U.S. workforce.
Trump suggested he might pull U.S. troops stationed in South Korea if he didn’t get what he wanted on trade:
We have a very big trade deficit with them, and we protect them. We lose money on trade, and we lose money on the military. We have right now 32,000 soldiers on the border between North and South Korea. Let’s see what happens. Our allies care about themselves. They don’t care about us.