US President Donald Trump has boasted of making up facts in a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
During a fundraising speech on Wednesday (local time), Mr Trump admitted he had said the US has a trade deficit with Canada - when he had "no idea" if that was true.
"Trudeau came to see me. He's a good guy, Justin. He said, 'No, no, we have no trade deficit with you, we have none. Donald, please,'" Mr Trump said, according to audio obtained by the Washington Post.
"So, he's proud. I said, 'Wrong, Justin, you do.' I didn't even know… I had no idea."
The office of the United States Trade Representative says in 2016 the US had a trade surplus of US$12.5 billion with Canada.
However, Mr Trump has refused to back down. On Friday (NZ time) he went on Twitter to continue to back his claim.