WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump just regaled another audience with a tall tale involving Canada.
This one’s about the Keystone XL pipeline.
On Thursday, the president claimed to an audience in Ohio that he never heard any gratitude from TransCanada Corp., the company behind the controversial project, after he signed an executive order approving it.
Trump joked that he’d recall the slight.
“The boss of whatever the hell company it is … never actually called me to say thank you,” Trump told an audience while promoting his proposal for infrastructure spending. “But that’s OK. We’ll remember.”
Here’s something the president does not appear to remember: TransCanada CEO Russ Girling was filmed standing next to him in the Oval Office, thanking him and celebrating as the president signed the order.
They even had a short conversation.
“I know, Russ, you’ve been waiting for a long, long time,” Trump told the CEO, according to a transcript of the March 2017 exchange. He introduced Girling and then thanked him during a brief back-and-forth.
The record indicates Girling did, indeed, say thank you – twice: “Thank you, Mr. President. This is a very, very important day for us, for our company,” Girling said, before delivering some remarks.
A few days ago, Trump told a story about ad-libbing trade statistics in a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, sending aides out of the meeting to check the numbers and being proven right.
Sources in Ottawa say it remains unclear what meeting the president was referring.