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.

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