No, Mr. President, Canada Did Not Burn The White House.
Excerpt: If President Trump gets an “F” for history, he also deserves a “D” for economics. In yet another example of the surreal nature of the Trump Administration, a misunderstanding of the War of 1812 was reportedly used by the president to justify his tariffs on Canada. A 200-year-old incident came up in a conversation with the Canadian prime minister last month prior to President Trump’s imposition of tariffs on several allied nations. According to a report from CNN, the moment came in a May 25 phone call with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in which the two leaders were discussing Trump’s new policy targeting Canadian imports of steel and aluminum. Per CNN’s sources, Trudeau asked Trump how he could justify applying tariffs, which US law permits the president to do for reasons of national security. “Didn't you guys burn down the White House?” Trump is reported to have replied. Umm, no. As a matter of fact, they didn’t.