The Washington Post reports:
President Trump boasted in a fundraising speech Wednesday that he made up information in a meeting with the leader of a top U.S. ally, saying he insisted to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the United States runs a trade deficit with its neighbor to the north without knowing whether that was the case.
“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,’ ” Trump said, mimicking Trudeau, according to audio of the private event in Missouri obtained by The Washington Post. “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.’
We’ve had presidents who lied before. I’m pretty sure we never had a president who bragged publicly about lying before. https://t.co/zlwqf48S6U
— Timothy Noah (@TimothyNoah1) March 15, 2018
— Joe Madison (@MadisonSiriusXM) March 15, 2018
President admits he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, goes on to prove it. This is amazing. https://t.co/FCC0bR4SZ1
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) March 15, 2018
Bragging about lying to an ally. How stupid. How Trump. Even worse he didnt know we have a surplus https://t.co/20hjOMoqho
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) March 15, 2018
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 15, 2018