President Trump admitted today that he lied to Canada’s Prime Minister on purpose.
It wasn’t a simple mistake, or a slip of the tongue. It was a bold-face lie. Why? Because that is the essance of the American President. To lie, to just make things up as he goes along because that is what he is accustomed to doing.
What is even worse, Trump boasted about his lying at a recent fundraiser where he said the following:
“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…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.’
In fact, the US runs a positive trade surplus with Canada every year. In 2016 it was $12.5 billion.
But after being called on the carpet, Trump couldn’t seem to let it go. Today he sent the following tweet, with no evidence or source to back up his false claim.
We do have a Trade Deficit with Canada, as we do with almost all countries (some of them massive). P.M. Justin Trudeau of Canada, a very good guy, doesn’t like saying that Canada has a Surplus vs. the U.S.(negotiating), but they do…they almost all do…and that’s how I know!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2018