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Trump Brags To Panamanian President: ‘We Did A Good Job Building’ Panama Canal, ‘A Very Good Job’

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Trump Brags To Panamanian President: ‘We Did A Good Job Building’ Panama Canal, ‘A Very Good Job’

While giving an introduction to Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela at the White House on Monday, President Donald Trump appeared to pat himself on the back for the U.S. built Panama Canal, which opened in 1914, telling the President Varela that the canal is “doing quite well” and that the U.S. “did a good job building it.”

“It’s our great honor to have President and Mrs. Varela from Panama,” Trump told reporters. “We have many things to discuss. We’re going to spend quite a bit of time today. The Panama Canal is doing quite well, I think we did a good job building it.”

“Right?” Trump said, turning to Varela. “Very good job.”




Trump made the unprompted comment in the Oval Office, where he was sitting for a brief media availability alongside Varela who also spoke briefly with reporters.

In 1881, a French company headed by Ferdinand de Lesseps, began digging a canal across Panama. The project was plagued by poor planning, engineering problems and tropical diseases that killed more than 20,000 workers.

The U.S. took over construction of the waterway in 1904.

Panama took full control of the waterway in 1999.

Trump also said the relationship between the U.S. and Panama is “very, very good.”

“The idea of this visit is to work closely together to face the same challenges that we have in the region of Central America and Latin America and in our country,” Varela said.




Twitter quickly responded to Trump’s apparent attempts to take credit for the canal’s construction:

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