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‘I didn’t even know’: Trump boasts about making up information during meeting with Canada’s Trudeau

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At a fundraiser on Wednesday, Donald Trump boasted that he made up information about a trade deficit he believes the United States has with Canada during a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The Washington Post reports that Trump made the comments during a 30-minute speech in Missouri, as he “heaped praise on himself” and blasted U.S. allies he thinks are taking advantage of the country.

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“Trudeau came to see me—he’s a good guy, Justin,” Trump said at the fundraiser, according to audio reviewed by the Post. “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,’” Trump continued. “He’s very proud because everybody else, you know, we’re getting killed.”

Trump bragged to GOP donors that he told “proud” Trudeau, “wrong, Justin, you do.”

“I didn’t even know,” Trump admitted. “… I had no idea. I just said, ‘You’re wrong.’ You know why? Because we’re so stupid.”

Trump told fundraiser attendees he replied, “You’re wrong, Justin.”

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“[Trudeau] said, ‘Nope, we have no trade deficit,’” Trump insisted. “I said, ‘Well, in that case I feel differently.’”

“I said, ‘but I don’t believe it,’” Trump continued. “I sent one of our guys out, his guy, my guy, they went out, I said, ‘check because I can’t believe it.’”

‘Well, sir, you’re actually right,” Trump insisted “his guy, my guy” informed him. “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.”

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As the Post reports, the United States actually runs a trade surplus with Canada, according to the trade representative office.

During the fundraiser, Trump also attacked other allies for only “[caring] about themselves.”

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“They don’t care about us,” Trump argued.

It wasn’t the only confession the president made before Republican donors. Speaking for the first time about his party’s defeat in the Pennsylvania special election Tuesday night, Trump also admitted Democrat Conor Lamb ran a “smart campaign.”

“The young man last night that ran, he said, ‘Oh, I’m like Trump. Second Amendment, everything. I love the tax cuts, everything.’ He ran on that basis,” Trump insisted. “He ran on a campaign that said very nice things about me. I said, ‘Is he a Republican? He sounds like a Republican to me.”

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