In a very important, very “exclusive” report by CNN, sources say that President Donald J. Trump waxed historical in his rather “testy” call with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau.
According to CNN, in his May 25 phone call with Trudeau about the new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports the Trump administration is imposing on Canada, Trump went full 1812 on the prime minister. CNN reports:
According to the sources, Trudeau pressed Trump on how he could justify the tariffs as a “national security” issue. In response, Trump quipped to Trudeau, “Didn’t you guys burn down the White House?” referring to the War of 1812.
Unfortunately, as CNN makes sure to point out, Trump got his facts a little crossed up: Yes, the White House was set ablaze during the War of 1812, but it was the British who were lighting fires. And like most Trump mix-ups, there’s a kernel of truth somewhere in there. . .
Anxious to follow up on its exclusive information, CNN asked one of its sources how Trudeau received Trump’s quasi-historical joke, the not particularly gleeful source replied: “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.” (Read more from “Trump Drops Hilarious Line in ‘Testy’ Call With Canadian PM” HERE)