Donald Trump claims, again, U.S. has trade deficit with Canada — after admitting he made it up

U.S. President Donald Trump doubled down on his claim that Canada runs a trade surplus with its southern neighbour Thursday morning.

READ MORE: Donald Trump reportedly says he made up facts in meeting with Justin Trudeau. According to the Post, Trump said during a speech in Missouri on Wednesday that he told Trudeau the U.S. runs a trade deficit with Canada — without knowing whether that was actually true.

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Trump says he made up facts about trade deficit in meeting with Trudeau

U.S. President Donald Trump boasted in a fundraising speech in Missouri on Wednesday that he made up facts about trade in a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, according to a recording of the comments obtained by The Washington Post.

The newspaper said in a report posted on its website that Trump had insisted to Trudeau that the United States runs a trade deficit with its neighbour to the north without knowing whether or not that was the case.

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Trump tells donors he made up trade claim in Trudeau talk

He said that Trudeau, who he referred to as "a very good guy" in his tweet "doesn't like saying that Canada has a surplus vs. the U.S." He added," But they do, they almost all do and that's how I know". During his speech to donors, the president also went on a tirade against allies for taking advantage of the U.S. and described the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as a "disaster." In audio of the remarks, he lambasted leaders for wanting to keep the trade agreement, referring to Mexico as "spoiled" and said that Canada had outsmarted the U.S. "The best deal is to terminate it and make a new deal," he said.

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Donald Trump says he made up facts in meeting with Justin Trudeau: report

U.S. President Donald Trump reportedly told an audience at a fundraising dinner that he made up facts during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Donald Trump tells supporters about trade disagreement with Justin Trudeau. At a rally in December, Trump told supporters a similar story about the meeting. Trudeau visited Trump win Washington in October where they discussed the ongoing NAFTA negotiations.

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