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Twitter on Fire as Trump Busted 'Lying' to Strategic US Ally

© AFP 2023 / MANDEL NGAN / US President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One upon return to Andrews Air Force in Maryland on January 18, 2018
US President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One upon return to Andrews Air Force in Maryland on January 18, 2018 - Sputnik International
In a fundraising speech on March 14, US President Donald Trump boasted that he had made up facts during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, according to The Washington Post.

The US president has reportedly admitted to having told one of Washington’s top allies that America had a trade deficit with Canada when he “had no idea” if that was the case.

“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,’” Trump said, mimicking Trudeau, according to audio recording obtained by The Washington Post.

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“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.’” Trump went on.

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The US president proceeded to say that he continued insisting that the two neighbors had a trade deficit despite Trudeau’s objections to the contrary.

"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,” Trump proceeded to say.

As soon as The Washington Post published the article, exposing Trump’s bragging, Twitter users lashed out at him, being astonished by his “ignorance” and the fact that he was “proud” of being “uninformed”:

Another Twitterian analyzed the situation, saying that Trump told Trudeau “he was wrong on the deficit just because, without knowing the truth”:

Meanwhile, other users suggested that Trudeau possibly knew  Trump was simply making stuff up and did not take it seriously:

According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative, in 2016 the US had a service trade surplus of an estimated $25 billion with Canada. 

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