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True Believers

True Believers

Mr. Trump holds forth on how he interacts with other heads-of-state (from TIME):

And by the way, Canada? They negotiate tougher than Mexico. Trudeau came to see me, he’s a good man, he said we have no trade deficit with you, we have none. Donald, please. Nice guy, good looking guy. Comes in. Donald we have no trade deficit. He’s very tough. Everyone else, getting killed or whatever. But he’s tough. I said, well Justin, you do. I didn’t even know. Josh, I had no idea. I just said you’re wrong. You’re wrong. It was so stupid. [LAUGHTER]. I thought it was fine. 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 said check because I can’t believe it. Well, sir you’re actually right, we have no deficit but that doesn’t include energy and timber. [LAUGHTER]. Well you don’t have timber, and when you do we’ll lost $17 billion. It’s incredible.

USTR notes that the 2016 bilateral trade balance between the US and Canada is +12.9 billion.

And yet there are still people (such as Rick Stryker) who will write:

I believe that Trump is the most honest politician we’ve seen or probably will see in our lifetime.

For this portion of the population, facts will remain irrelevant.

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