President Donald Trump has done goofed up: During a phone conversation with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Trump accused Canada of burning down the White House during the War of 1812. His statement is a hilariously idiotic historical inaccuracy.
According to a recent report by CNN, Trump and Trudeau were on a phone call on May 25 to discuss the administration imposing tariffs on aluminum and steel imports coming from Canada. Trump argued that the tariffs were set because of national security, something that Trudeau contested. When Trudeau was trying to explain his position, Trump interrupted saying “didn’t you guys burn down the White House?”
The War of 1812 was about a conflict between the United States and the United Kingdom. Yes – the White House and much of Washington DC was burned, but not by Canada, but by Britain. In August 1814, the British marched on Washington DC after the Americans attacked York, Ontario. At that time, that territory was a British colony.
This Isn’t the First Time That Trump Lied on Trudeau
Back in March, Trump said at a fund-raising dinner that he made up statements during a meeting with Trudeau. According to leaked audio of a speech he did in the fundraising dinner, Trump said that he insisted that the United States had a trade deficit with Canada, but he wasn’t aware if that was the case. In his word salad, Trump said this:
“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,’” he 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.”
The US Trade Representative actually notes that the United States has a trade surplus with Canada.
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