Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Trump Leaked Phone Call: 'Don't Worry about Canada,' Says He's Happy with Trade

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Trump Leaked Phone Call: 'Don't Worry about Canada,' Says He's Happy with Trade

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Trump leaked call shows Canada comments

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WASHINGTON - A leaked transcript of a Donald Trump phone call shows the president's private comments about trade with Canada, and suggests he had an overwhelmingly positive attitude about the northern neighbour as he took office.

The purported remarks made in a private phone call from late January are every bit as flattering as the president's public comments just days later when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the White House.

They came in a call with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and were part of a leaked transcript published Thursday by the Washington Post. The context for the exchange was Trump's bitter and escalating feud with Mexico at the time.

U.S.-Mexico relations had just reached their nadir over the proposed border wall, and who would pay for it. Pena Nieto cancelled a trip to Washington.

In the call, Trump told the Mexican president that he got huge crowds during the campaign, and had promised throngs of 25,000 to 50,000 people that Mexico would pay for the wall, so he pleaded with the Mexican president not to publicly contradict him on the issue.

Pena Nieto encouraged a more positive discussion: He supposedly urged Trump to focus on the fact that the three NAFTA countries could negotiate a new trade framework. That prompted a rejoinder from the president.

"Canada is no problem," Trump replied, according to the leaked transcript.

"Do not worry about Canada, do not even think about them. That is a separate thing and they are fine and we have had a very fair relationship with Canada. It has been much more balanced and much more fair. So we do not have to worry about Canada, we do not even think about them."

Those remarks echo public comments he made a few days later at a news conference with Trudeau. His rhetoric has ebbed and flowed since then. …

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