Amid a seemingly continuous stream of updates about his desire to trim more “deadweight” from the White House, President Trump must now contend with audio obtained from a speech he gave at a fundraising event in Missouri on Wednesday. According to the Washington Post, Trump reportedly boasted about his making up several trade claims and other related information during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
And why, pray tell, did he do this? “I had no idea,” he joked with the crowd. “Because we’re so stupid… And I thought they were smart.”
The president “launched a blistering attack against major U.S. allies and global economies” for much of Wednesday’s speech, as well as the North American Free Trade Agreement (which he called a “disaster”) and the World Trade Organization (which he claimed “[allowed] other countries to box in the United States on trade”).
As for Canada and Trudeau, Trump’s words were much kinder:
“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 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.”