US President Donald Trump has boasted that he has made up a claim about Canada’s trade surplus with the US during a recent meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
In a private 30-minute speech to donors in Missouri on Wednesday, the audio of which has been obtained by The Washington Post, Trump said that during the meeting with Trudeau, he insisted that the United States runs a trade deficit with its northern neighbor without knowing whether that was true.
“I did not even know, I had no idea, I just said you are wrong. You know why? Because we are so stupid. I said you are wrong Justin,” Trump is heard to be saying to the fundraisers in the audio file.
This is while, Trump’s own economic report in 2018, released and signed by the president in February, confirms that the US runs “a net bilateral surplus only with Canada and the United Kingdom.” Moreover, according to the office of the US Trade Representative, the US had…