Trump Brags About Making Up Facts in Meeting With Justin Trudeau

Trump said Trudeau told him there was no trade deficit. Trump said he replied, ''Wrong, Justin, you do.’ I didn’t even know. ... I had no idea. I just said, 'You’re wrong''

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin looks on during a tour of the Boeing Company in St. Louis, Missouri on March 14, 2018
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President Donald Trump freestyled with the facts when talking trade with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The Republican described the discussion during a fundraising speech in St. Louis on Wednesday.

According to audio obtained by The Washington Post , Trump insisted that the United States runs a trade deficit with Canada.

Trump said Trudeau told him there was no trade deficit. Trump said he replied, “‘Wrong, Justin, you do.’ I didn’t even know. ... I had no idea. I just said, ‘You’re wrong.’”

Trump claimed the figures don’t include timber and energy.

However, the Office of the United States Trade Representative says the United States has a trade surplus with Canada.