Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called out President Donald Trump on Wednesday for falsely claiming the United States had rejected a request to meet with Canada to continue trade talks.
During a press conference at the United Nations, Trump was asked if he planned on meeting with Trudeau to untangle the trade mess caused by Trump’s tariffs.
Trump said he rejected a request from Trudeau to meet.
Canada’s “tariffs are too high, and he doesn’t seem to want to move, and I’ve told him forget about it, and frankly, we’re thinking about just taxing cars coming in from Canada,” Trump told reporters. “That’s the mother lode. That’s the big one.”
President Trump says he rejected a one-on-one meeting with Canadian PM Trudeau: "We're very unhappy with negotiations and the negotiating style of Canada. We don't like their representative very much." pic.twitter.com/Vk1oXWBo2k
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 26, 2018
Trump added: “We’re very unhappy with the negotiations and the negotiating style of Canada. We don’t like their representative [Chrystia Freeland] very much.”
None of this was true. Trudeau never asked to meet with Trump, according to Canadian officials.
“No meeting was requested,” Trudeau spokesperson Eleanore Catenaro said. “We don’t have any comment beyond that.”
NEW: A spokesperson for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says “no meeting was requested” with the President. “We don’t have any comment beyond that.”
— Michel Boyer (@BoyerMichel) September 26, 2018
The United States and Canada are mired in negotiations on the future of trade between the two countries after Trump imposed substantial tariffs on imported Canadian aluminum and steel earlier this year.
Canada’s concerns over the future of trade with the United States have increased due to Trump’s threat of additional tariffs on imported cars and auto parts. The U.S. Census Bureau reported Americans bought $55 billion worth of automobiles and parts from Canada in 2017.
Twitter, of course, was not surprised that Trump, yet again, lied about something easily disprovable.
More of Trump's lies?
— Mary (@BBlueCrush) September 26, 2018
He lies about things so easily disproven. Trump is the most dishonest politician I’ve seen in my lifetime- and that covers a lot of people. https://t.co/omMoCgV9hC
— Alan Johnson (@ohioaj) September 27, 2018
If no meeting was requested then what was the story earlier in the week about Trump snubbing Trudeau saying he didn’t have time for a meeting. Something doesn’t add up PMO
— Jean Wright (@jeannie_wright) September 26, 2018
Trump lied, no meeting was requested.
— Jim C (@JimXfield) September 26, 2018
Sham headline: Trump lied. PMO said no meeting was requested. Reporting around UN events stated as much but you put out the pathological liar’s statement as fact? Pathetic. Correction needed.
— Under the Radar (@retail_recruit) September 27, 2018
Why did you lie by stating that Canada requested a meeting with you which you denied. There was no logical reason other than to try in a failed effort to make yourself look in control. You’re not in control. And btw the UN was laughing at you…not with you.
— susan ferguson (@susanferguson5) September 27, 2018
The problem with this statement is that he's lying as usual and no meeting was requested of the Prime Minister.
— Carolyn h (@Carolynh125) September 27, 2018
Why did Trump so blatantly lie? No such meeting was ever requested by Trudeau.
— Better Green World (@BettrGreenWorld) September 27, 2018
Trump lies that he rejected meeting with Justin Trudeau, "no meeting was requested" – "We're very unhappy with the negotiations and the negotiating style of Canada. We don't like their representative very much," Trump added. _ Meet our representative, Chrystia Freeland
_ #OER pic.twitter.com/kVrNDqmHIN
— Don Gorges (@DonGorges) September 27, 2018
It was reported tonight on @CuomoPrimeTime that PM Trudeau was asked if they requested a meeting with Trump – they said no – so he didn't reject shit!
— Karen C (@KarenIsCanadian) September 27, 2018
Prime Minister's Office said no meeting was requested. How can you turn down a meeting your not asked for?
— Derrick Kilfoy (@cornerboy102000) September 26, 2018
The Canadians say that no meeting was requested. I believe the Canadians.
— Storm Cilley (@StormCilley) September 27, 2018
No meeting was requested by Iran either . TRump is such a buffoon .
— Paul Setterholm (@PaulSetterholm) September 27, 2018
PMO office says no meeting was requested. This is just another bullying tactic.
— Heather ForsythDowns (@NotetherHEATHER) September 26, 2018
Trump, in an effort to fulfill one of his many campaign promises, has been trying to renegotiate NAFTA, which he thinks hurts American workers.