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Trump told the Panamanian president the US did a ‘good job’ constructing the Panama Canal

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President Trump on Monday praised the U.S. for the “good job” it did on the Panama Canal -- a waterway that opened in 1914.

“The Panama Canal is doing quite well,” he said during a joint press conference at the White House with Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela. “I think we did a good job building it, right?”

“Yeah, 100 years ago,” Varela said of the canal, which Panama took control of from the U.S. in 1999.

Trump added that U.S.-Panama ties are “very strong” as the two nations are “developing new things to do together.”

“And also, our friendship with the president is very, very good,” he said of Varela. “It’s an honor to have you at the White House.”


Twitter users voiced surprise at Trump’s remarks about the Panama Canal due to the waterway’s age.

The U.S. worked on the Panama Canal, which links the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, from 1904 to 1914.

The Associated Press reported last year that the waterway handles approximately 6 percent of global maritime commerce and accounts for roughly 40 percent of Panama’s GDP.

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