Trump Reportedly Says He Made Up Facts In Meeting With Justin Trudeau

President Donald Trump reportedly said he told the Canadian prime minister the U.S. has a trade deficit with Canada despite not knowing the truth.
Posted at 3:27 PM, May 31, 2018

At a fundraising speech Wednesday, President Donald Trump reportedly bragged about making up trade information in a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 

The Washington Post obtained audio from the speech. The outlet reports Trump told Trudeau that the U.S. has a trade deficit with Canada, even though Trump "had no idea" if it was true.

Trudeau countered Trump's claim, emphasizing there is no deficit. Trump insisted Trudeau was wrong and instructed staff to verify the information because he "couldn't believe it."

Trump says he admitted Trudeau was right about the deficit but that it "doesn't include energy and timber." According to the U.S. trade representative office's most recent data — from 2016 — the U.S. had a trade surplus with Canada that year.