Trump insists on US trade deficit with Canada, despite surplus

US President Donald Trump on Thursday wrote on Twitter that 'We do have a Trade Deficit with Canada,' despite data on from his own trade representative showing the opposite.

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US President Donald Trump on Thursday (March 15) seemed to try to defend some perplexing remarks he made at a fundraiser about trade with Canada.

He tweeted: "We do have a Trade Deficit with Canada, as we do with almost all countries (some of them massive)."

There is one problem with this statement: The US has a trade surplus with Canada.

The website of the US Trade Representative says so, right here.

Mr Trump's tweet coming after a Washington Post reported that the president boasted to donors in Missouri that had assumed a deficit existed, and insisted on it in a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The newspaper quoted him saying that he told Mr Trudeau the US ran a trade deficit with Canada, despite not knowing whether or not that was the case.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/974276383051583488

Mr Trump has repeatedly described US trade deficits as evidence of an unfair system of world trade.