Donald Trump implied that Canada burned down our White House in the War of 1812 while he was on a phone call with Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, last month, reported CNN on Wednesday.
The report does not clarify whether Trump was joking, and given his limited understanding of history, he might not have been.
On May 25, President Trump and Trudeau were talking about the Trump administration putting tariffs on aluminum and steel imports from Canada.
Donald Trump says that the tariffs are for national security, a lie that Trudeau reportedly disagreed with during the phone call.
“Didn’t you guys burn down the White House?” President Trump reportedly replied.
Trump was talking about the tragic War of 1812, when America’s White House and most of Washington, D.C., got burned to the ground by the British.
British troops marched towards Washington, D.C., on August 1814 following the Americans attack on York, Ontario. That territory, which is part of Canada, was a British colony at the time.
A source from the call said to CNN that the comment is “not a laughing matter.”
“To the degree one can ever take what is said as a joke,” the irate source told CNN, “The impact on Canada and ultimately on workers in the U.S. won’t be a laughing matter.“
Donald Trump bragged back in March that he invented facts during meetings with Justin Trudeau.
He told people during a fundraising dinner that he adamantly insisted the U.S. currently has deficit for trade with Canada but he didn’t know if it was actually true.