Trump admits to making up information in meeting with Trudeau

President Trump made the shocking admission on Wednesday that he made up information during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

During a fundraising speech in Missouri, Trump recalled contradicting Trudeau, who told him Canada didn’t have a trade deficit with the U.S. — even though he had “no idea” whether that was true.

Trump, who was raising money for Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley, said, “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,’” according to a recording obtained by the Washington Post.

“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,'" Trump said.

‘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,” Trump went on to say.

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 11: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcome Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau to the White House October 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. The United States, Canada and Mexico are currently engaged in renegotiating the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcome Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mrs. Gr�oire Trudeau (R) at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 11, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he and first lady Melania Trump welcome Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 11 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcome Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mrs. Gr�oire Trudeau (R) at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 11, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcome Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mrs. Gr�oire Trudeau (R) at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 11 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. first lady Melania Trump welcomes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as President Donald Trump and Mrs. Gr�oire Trudeau (R) look on at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 11, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump (L) watches as First Lady Melania Trump (2ndL) kisses Sophie Gregoire Trudeau (2ndR) goodbye as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (R) departs the White House in Washington, DC, on October 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 11: First lady Melania Trump walks out to welcome Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (C-L) and First Lady Melania Trump (C-R) walk into the White House with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau (R) during a welcoming ceremony in Washington, DC, October 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 11: (L-R) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau head into the White House October 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. The United States, Canada and Mexico are currently engaged in renegotiating the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 11: (L-R) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau pose for photographs at the White House October 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. The United States, Canada and Mexico are currently engaged in renegotiating the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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The U.S. has a trade surplus with Canada, which was the country’s second largest trading partner in 2016, according to the Office of U.S. Trade Representative.

Trudeau said Wednesday he was “very optimistic” going into talks with the U.S. and Mexico as they renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Speaking in a Bloomberg TV interview in Regina, Saskatchewan, Trudeau said there was an “eminently achievable win-win-win” result available, and that NAFTA has been good for all three countries.

Trump has said he will impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, despite a world economic watchdog's warnings that they will hurt economic growth globally.

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