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President Trump brought up the War of 1812 during a "testy" phone call with smarmy Justin Trudeau over his new tariffs.
President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a testy phone call on May 25 over new tariffs imposed by the Trump administration targeting steel and aluminum imports coming from Canada, including one moment during the conversation in which Trump made an erroneous historical reference, sources familiar with the discussion told CNN.Yes, fact-checking Trump's jokes is now a thing.
When asked if the comment was received as a joke, one source on the call said: "To the degree one can ever take what is said as a joke. The impact on Canada and ultimately on workers in the US won't be a laughing matter."Canada didn't have to retaliate. They chose to start a trade war rather than let the US shoot itself in the foot by (allegedly) lessening its global competitiveness.
It probably would have been better policy to just slowly phase in a flat tariff on all foreign goods like Ian Fletcher recommends, but I'm not going to complain.
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