President Donald Trump on Friday attacked Bloomberg News reporters for allegedly leaking out his comments that blatantly insulted the Canadian government.
“Wow, I made OFF THE RECORD COMMENTS to Bloomberg concerning Canada, and this powerful understanding was BLATANTLY VIOLATED,” the president wrote. “Oh well, just more dishonest reporting. I am used to it. At least Canada knows where I stand!”
Earlier on Friday, the Toronto Star reported that Trump boasted to reporters that he was getting the best of the Canadian government in his negotiations with them.
Among other things, the president said he was “scaring the Canadians into submission by repeatedly threatening to impose tariffs,” while at the same time warning that leaking his insults of Canadians would cause the deal to fall apart because “it’s going to be so insulting they’re not going to be able to make a deal.”
Despite the president’s assertions, however, it is still possible that the leaks of his remarks came from another official within the Trump White House and not from the Bloomberg reporters themselves.
The Trump White House on Friday refused to confirm or deny the authenticity of the president’s remarks — although it seems the president himself has since confirmed them.