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Trump admits making up trade claim in Trudeau talk

Trump admits making up trade claim in Trudeau talk
Posted at 7:32 AM, Mar 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-15 04:15:52-04

WASHINGTON (AP) - 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.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

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