Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with President Trump at the White House in October. Trump was recorded telling attendees at a private GOP fundraiser that he had falsely stated the U.S. has a trade deficit with Canada in a meeting with Trudeau.Updated at 12:26 p.m.In audio of a closed-door fundraiser obtained by the Washington Post and NBC News, President Trump boasts to donors that he “had no idea” whether he was correct when he insisted to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the U.S. has a trade deficit with Canada.It doesn’t. In fact, according to the U.S. Trade Representative in 2016, the U.S. had a $12.5 billion goods and services trade surplus with Canada. Trump sometimes ignores trade in services, which pumps up trade deficit numbers, but that isn’t an accurate way to look at the U.S. trade relationship with other countries.Trump was in the midst of a 30-minute speech at a fundraiser in St. Louis on Wednesday when, according to the Washington Post write-up, he riffed on a conversation he’d had with Trudeau.” ‘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,” ‘ Trump said, mimicking Trudeau, according to audio of the private event in Missouri obtained by The Washington Post. ‘Nice guy, good-looking guy, comes in — “Donald, we have no trade deficit.” He’s very proud because everybody else, you know, we’re getting killed. …” ‘So, he’s proud. I said, “Wrong, Justin, you do.” I didn’t even know. … I had no idea. I just said, “You’re wrong.” You know why? Because we’re so stupid. … And I thought they were smart. I said, “You’re wrong, Justin.” He said, “Nope, we have no trade deficit.” I said, “Well, in that case, I feel differently,” I said, “but I don’t believe it.” I sent one of our guys out, his guy, my guy, they went out, I said, “Check, because I can’t believe it.” ‘ “This caught-on-tape moment comes less than a week after Trump signed proclamations putting stiff tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Those tariffs won’t immediately apply to Canada and Mexico, as those countries are in the midst of renegotiating, along with the U.S., the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Based on other comments, Trump is planning to leverage the threat of tariffs to negotiate better trade terms with U.S. trading partners.It’s not clear how this admission that the president contradicted another world leader without basis will affect future negotiations or relationships with Trudeau and other leaders. A failure to agree on basic facts would seem to make such negotiations more difficult.Asked by reporters during a photo opportunity in the Oval Office whether he has always been truthful with Trudeau, Trump ignored the question.But he is standing by his assertion that the U.S. has a trade deficit with Canada, tweeting Thursday morning, “P.M. Justin Trudeau of Canada, a very good guy, doesn’t like saying that Canada has a Surplus vs. the U.S.(negotiating), but they do…they almost all do…and that’s how I know!”We do have a Trade Deficit with Canada, as we do with almost all countries (some of them massive). P.M. Justin Trudeau of Canada, a very good guy, doesn’t like saying that Canada has a Surplus vs. the U.S.(negotiating), but they do…they almost all do…and that’s how I know!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2018Canada is America’s second-largest goods trading partner, according to U.S. data. Trade with Canada supported some 1.6 million jobs in the U.S., according to 2015 Commerce Department figures.A spokeswoman for the Canadian government declined to comment on Trump’s remarks and directed NPR to a tweet from the Canadian ambassador to the U.S., David MacNaughton, who cited the same American figures.From the Office of the United States Trade Representative: “The U.S. goods and services trade surplus with Canada was $12.5 billion in 2016” … (including energy and lumber) https://t.co/9ZZFGebNHM pic.twitter.com/XFIen13R4s— David MacNaughton (@AmbMacNaughton) March 15, 2018This is far from the first time Trump has inaccurately described the trade relationship with America’s neighbor to the north.In a December New York Times interview, Trump claimed that “[We lost] $17 billion with Canada — Canada says we broke even. But they don’t include lumber and they don’t include oil. Oh, that’s not. … [Inaudible] … My friend Justin [Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister] he says, ‘No, no, we break even.’ I said, ‘Yeah, but you’re not including oil, and you’re not including lumber.’ When you do, you lose $17 billion, and with the other one, we’re losing $71 billion.”NPR’s Domenico Montanaro fact-checked this at the time. It is entirely unclear where Trump got his numbers. In a recent paper, Canada-based researchers said that if energy exports are excluded, the country runs a $78 billion manufacturing trade deficit with the United States.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 12. Newlands, Cape Town, South AfricaCapacity: 25,000Another belter to add to the bucket-list, Newlands sits in the shadow of South Africa’s Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak and is currently home to the Cape Cobras. During international cricket matches the crowd comes alive, and those lucky enough to bag a spot on a grassy knoll (those that have survived the stadium’s 1990s facelift) bask in the sunshine and soak it all in. Since the first Test match was played here in 1889 – when England defeated South Africa by an innings and 202 runs – the ground has hosted more than 50 Tests, of which South Africa have won 18. 7. MCG, Melbourne, AustraliaCapacity: 96,000Every Boxing Day almost 100,000 Aussies pack-up their Christmas BBQ left-overs and head to the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the traditional Test – it’s livelier than the office Christmas party (unless Gary goes heavy on the snowballs again) especially in the infamous Bay 13, directly opposite the members area. 160 years of cricket at this hallowed ground has given fans a roaring roster of stellar sporting moments, including Trevor Chappell’s controversial underarm delivery and the 1992 Cricket World Cup final between Pakistan and England, which saw almost 87,000 spectators in attendance. With tons of bars and cafés spread out all over the ground, huge crowds don’t necessarily mean you’ll be queuing for your schooner of VB all afternoon.tps://www.youtube.com/embed/ysciqBUhkco8. HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala, IndiaCapacity: 25,000Barely a decade old, this cricket ground in the hometown of the Dalai Lama has to be one of the world’s most picturesque, sitting almost 5,000ft above sea level at the foot of the snow-capped Himalayan mountains. The stadium is home to the Himachal Pradesh cricket team and hosts a number of Indian Premier League matches – during which the Kings XI Punjab take up residence and the ground is packed with raucous supporters. Although there have only been two One Day Internationals played here (India vs. England 2013, India vs. West Indies 2014) the success of the IPL matches is encouraging and we may see more taking place in the future. It is a truly unique venue (imagine coming into bowl from the Himalaya End) with plenty of stunning scenery to keep you captivated during the breaks. 9. Eden Gardens, Kolkata, IndiaCapacity: 66,000Dubbed ‘cricket’s answer to the Colosseum’, Eden Gardens is one of India’s premier sporting venues and one of cricket’s most iconic grounds. The Bengal cricket team currently call Eden Garden home, as do the IPL’s Kolkata Knight Riders. Since construction was completed on it in 1864, the stadium has become famous not only for what happens on the pitch, but for the passion of the cricket fans who come to scream their lungs out and cheer on their team from the stands – despite officially holding 66,000 spectators, there have been occasions when the ground held more than 100,000 extremely vocal supporters. Tragically, Eden Gardens is also well known for the riots that occurred during the late 1960s and again in 1999, after Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar collided with India’s Sachin Tendulkar impeding his play – spectators were evicted and the match continued in front of empty stands.tps://www.youtube.com/embed/l3AB6uEYkBs10. Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, IndiaCapacity: 40,000It may not be pretty to look at – the Stadium End resembles a shopping centre multi-story car park – but this concrete jungle is the second oldest international cricket stadium (built in 1883) still in use in India and has witnessed plenty of cricketing history in the making. Home of the Delhi Daredevils, the India national cricket team has also not been beaten here for more than 20 years. Their success is largely down to the support they get from the home crowd, a huge jumble of noise, colour and sound that hardly ever fails to intimidate opposing teams. However, England don’t fare too badly here; of only six games won by visiting teams at Feroz, England have won three.tps://www.youtube.com/embed/CHSE2t_naZw11. Galle International Stadium, Galle, Sri LankaCapacity: 35,000Surrounded by the Indian Ocean, overlooking the 16th century Dutch fort in the south western city of Galle, this cricket ground gives HPCA a run for its money in the picturesque pitches stake. Also known as The Esplanade, it was originally built as a race course in 1876 – the first permanent pavilion wasn’t erected until 1892. However, the original stadium was almost completely destroyed by the 2004 tsunami and has undergone extensive reconstruction over the last decade. But this doesn’t seem to have killed the stadium’s spirit, as the carnival atmosphere spreads through the crowds on big match days, particularly when the Barmy Army are over to join in the fun. Looking for more cricket stuff to read during a tea break? Check out Skyscanner’s centre for all things cricket this summer, including behind-the-scenes videos of the grounds and guides on where to eat and drink if you’re visiting any of them.Enter your email address and win flights with Skyscanner’s cricket counterEvery 4 scored by England during the Ashes will be equal to four miles – watch Skyscanner’s cricket counter rack up the miles and you could be jetting off.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. This summer, cricket fans will be eagerlywatching the age old rivalry between England and our southern hemisphere offspring, Australia, unfold in a number of different stadiums across the country, each with their own unique character and personality.Which one bowls you over?Can’t afford to get to The Ashes or take the time off work to travel across the country to catch a match? Check out these belters – with interesting facts and videos, you’ll feel like you’re sitting in the stands, pint in hand, with the British summer sunshine beating down on your furrowed brow as you anxiously watch your team bring in the boundaries. Here’s your chance to nosey around 12 of the world’s most famous cricket grounds.First up, five top cricket grounds in the UK:1. Lord’s, LondonCapacity: 28,000A respectable listicle about the world’s best cricket stadiums has to start with the Home of Cricket, Lord’s, and this iconic ground gets our top spot. Built in 1814 and named after Thomas Lord, the owner of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) at the time, Lord’s is home for Middlesex County Cricket Club, the England and Wales Cricket Board and the European Cricket Council – MCC own and house the Ashes Urn on this hallowed turf. In its 201 year history, there have been more than 100 Test matches played here. Some of the legends of Lord’s include Graham Gooch, the highest Test run scorer at the ground with 2,015 runs, and bowler Ian Botham and his 69 wickets. Although it may be too traditional for some cricket fans, the atmosphere in this ground is truly unique during Test matches, particularly in the morning of the first Test of the summer, before everyone heads to the Lord’s Tavern for lunch and one of their British beef burgers. Even if you’re not the biggest fan of cricket, the architectural features of the stadium are worth a peek: from the Victorian pavilion to the Honours Board, and not forgetting the Old Father Time weather vane, there’s plenty of Instagram action to be had on a tea break.tps://www.youtube.com/embed/u_cyAFfzX3I2. Headingley, LeedsCapacity: 17,000Next door to Headingley Rugby Stadium, this is the epicentre of sport in Leeds. Yorkshire County Cricket Club have called Headingly home for more than 120 years and the ground has seen many spectacular sporting moments, including two triple centuries from ‘the Don’ Australia’s Sir Donald Bradman, and Botham’s legendary match-saving performance in the third Test at the Ashes in 1981. Yorkshire can also be proud of their very own Geoffrey Boycott, who scored his 100th century right here. If you think all cricket crowds are mild-mannered and beyond hooting and hollering, think again! Supporters in the Western Terrace would fit in at Wembley during an FA Cup final – well known for their enthusiastic cheering, families are best to sit elsewhere. Although it’s not the prettiest stadium, the club have recently unveiled the ‘Headingley Masterplan’, a huge renovation project to bring permanent floodlight pylons, a rebuild of the North/South Stand to increase capacity to 20,000, plus much more over the next 20 years. If you are planning a trip to Headingley for the cricket, or the rugby, then check out our article on the ten best places to eat and drink in the suburbs of Leeds.tps://www.youtube.com/embed/XYLXV_AZTKg3. Ageas Bowl, SouthamptonCapacity: 20,000Not as old as Lord’s, but every bit as legendary, the Ageas Bowl (formerly the Rose Bowl) was built in 2001 and is the home of Hampshire County Cricket Club. Something of a newbie on the cricket circuit, the stadium has already begun creating a reputation for itself as a regular fixture on England’s white-ball schedule and host of the inaugural Test match against Sri Lanka in 2011. Off the M27 in the leafy Hampshire suburbs of Southampton, it’s a great ground to spend a warm summer’s day sipping ice cold beers in their stylish stands, admiring the perfectly circular pitch. In case you have a few too many, there’s also now a 171-bedroom Hilton hotel, with spa and steak restaurant, just opened at the ground, so you’ve not got far to fall and the end of the day. 4. Edgbaston, BirminghamCapacity: 25,000The second biggest cricketing venue in the UK (after Lord’s) Edgbaston is Warwickshire County Club’s turf and is also regularly used for Test matches, One Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals. When England comes to play the turnout is terrific; Birmingham’s cricket fans and local Asian communities flock here when India, Pakistan or Sri Lanka show for a match. The stands were packed that legendary day back in 2005 when Edgbaston hosted the epic second Test at the Ashes and England became the first team to hit 400 runs in a first day of Test cricket against Australia since 1938. Another highlight in the ground’s 133 year history is Brian Lara’s world-record first-class score of 501 not out. This classic English cricket ground is moving with the times, installing extra seating for the third Test Match of this year’s Ashes Series. Oh, and there’s great news if you hate rain, Edgbaston is the least disrupted by downpours out of all of England’s Test Grounds, losing less than 90 minutes per play compared with over 8 hours on other pitches. For more information on where to head after the cricket, read our article about the best eats in Edgbaston.tps://www.youtube.com/embed/C6QWit03wAA?list=PLTvNBKePIlLHf4nvJbVzAm2zixAjXTTMr5. The Oval, LondonCapacity: 23,500Another big-hitter in the south-east of England, The Oval was built in 1845 to house Surrey County Cricket Club and was the first ground to host international Test cricket in 1880. It’s also considered the birthplace of the Ashes, as it was after a game played here against Australia in 1882, which they won by seven runs within two days, that a sports newspaper printed a mock-obituary for English cricket, leading to the creation of the Ashes urn. With such a long and rich history in Test cricket, the atmosphere here on major Test match days is something to be relished: gates open at 4:30pm and close of play is scheduled for 9:30pm, between which times the Pimms pours from the bar next to Hobbs Gates and hungry fans ravish greasy parcels of fish and chips or pulled pork rolls. Floodlights were only recently installed, but the original gas-lamps that used to light late play still stand – the Oval was the first sports arena to acquire such lamps in 1889.tps://www.youtube.com/embed/vFlwL-PAW6INow for the rest of the world:6. SCG, Sydney, AustraliaCapacity: 44,000One of the world’s cricketing cathedrals, Sydney Cricket Ground’s Ladies’ Pavilion, with its mint green tiled roof, is an iconic spot to watch your club score a century. The Australian ground was built in 1848 and is home to New South Wales Blues cricket team and the Sydney Sixers. It’s also where Sir Don recorded his highest first-class score of 452 not out – he’s such a star of the stadium (and the sport) that they named a stand after him in 2014. In 2007 it was the setting for the fifth Ashes Test match where Australia triumphed in a 10-wicket win to become the first team in 86 years to achieve an Ashes Series whitewash. 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