Eli Ridder | The Avro Post
United States President Donald Trump said during a fundraising speech on Wednesday that he made up that his country runs a trade deficit during a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Canadian officials have pointed out figures from Mr. Trump’s own agencies show that Ottawa and Washington have a “mutually beneficial trading relationship.”
“According to their own statistics, the U.S. runs a trade surplus with Canada,” a spokesman for Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland told CBC News.
According to a recording by the Washington Post, after Mr. Trudeau told Trump the U.S. does not have a trade deficit, he said “wrong, Justin, you do,” before adding, “I didn’t even know.”
Trump then sent a aide to check the status of Canada-U.S. trade.
“Well, sir, you’re actually right,” Trump continued.
“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 tweeted his claim of a Canadian deficit on Thursday morning, posting that Trudeau “doesn’t like saying that Canada has a surplus [versus] the U.S. (negotiating), but they do…they almost all do…and that’s how I know!”
More details to follow. Image of Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump from previous files.