It’s news to no one that politicians lie, but Trump takes lying to an Olympic level. However, bragging about one's deceit after the fact sort of defeats the purpose. Apparently, POTUS didn't get that memo. As The Washington Post reports, our egomaniac of a president was patting himself on the back for making up facts in a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. I guess they were alt-facts…?
Apparently, Trump claimed that the U.S. runs a trade deficit with Canada, without the numbers to back it up. "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,'" said 45. "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."
The Cheeto-in-Chief continued, "...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.' 'Well, sir, you’re actually right. 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."
I had to re-read these quotes about six times to make the slightest bit of sense out of POTUS’ unintelligible rants, but the point is homie lied to the leader of another country—a friendly neighboring country, no less—and bragged about it after the fact. He also promulgated these lies on Twitter.
For the record, the Office of the United States Trade Representative says that America had a $12.1 billion trade surplus with the Canada in 2016. Sounds like the opposite of a deficit y’all. Shout out to POTUS for burning bridges and fanning the flames, I guess.