Trump Boasts About Lying To Canada’s Trudeau On Trade Deficit

Trump Boasts About Lying To Canada’s Trudeau On Trade Deficit

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President Donald Trump opened his fat mouth at a private event on Wednesday night and bragged about how he lied to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a trade discussion.

For months, Trump has been accusing Canada of carrying on unfair trade with the United States, repeatedly claiming that we have a trade deficit with our northern neighbor.

During a private fundraiser for Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, who is challenging Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) in November, Trump admitted that he made up information while discussing trade with Trudeau.

“Trudeau came to see me,” Trump said in an audio recording obtained by The Washington Post.

“He’s a good guy, Justin. He said, ‘No, no, we have no trade deficit with you, we have none. Donald, please,’ ” Trump said, mimicking Trudeau, according to audio of the private event in Missouri obtained by The Washington Post. “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.’”

It turns out that Trump’s own White House economic report, which he signed, states, “The United States ran a trade surplus of $2.6 billion with Canada on a balance-of-payments basis,” a fact that the Canadian Press pointed out. Furthermore, the Office of the United States Trade Representative says that the surplus is $12.5 billion.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) blasted trump for damaging his own credibility and the credibility of the United States among our own allies.

Trump doubled down on his lie on Twitter Thursday morning.

Not only is Trump damaging our credibility, he’s also proving that he doesn’t know anything about trade, an issue he claims to have expertise in. Yet he didn’t even know the facts before talking to Trudeau so he just made things up, as per his usual.

This stunning admission could also significantly impact the ongoing renegotiation of NAFTA. If the Canadians decide America is not negotiating in good faith, they would have every reason to walk away from the table.

Trump should not be lying to our allies to get his own way. It’s underhanded diplomacy that betrays the trust and hurts our relationship with countries we’re are supposed to be friends with. Now we can only wait for Trudeau’s reaction, and the consequences could be severe.

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