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A brave reporter just exposed Trump’s secret scheme to frame Bloomberg and smear Canada

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President Donald Trump’s war against the media took a bizarre turn when he accused several reporters at Bloomberg of leaking his off-the-record comments about how he’s deliberately sabotaging the trade negotiations with our Canadian neighbors so that he can pretend that he “won” because “it’s going to be so insulting they’re not going to be able to make a deal.”

“Here’s the problem. If I say no — the answer’s no. If I say no, then you’re going to put that, and it’s going to be so insulting they’re not going to be able to make a deal … I can’t kill these people,” Trump said of the Canadian officials.

The leaked comments threw an enormous wrench in the negotiations between the two nations as Canadian officials grew furious at Trump for gloating about not approaching the negotiations in good faith.

Trump went to Twitter and accused the Bloomberg reporters of violating the sacred distinction between reportable on-the-record comments and unprintable off-the-record comments:

The president even went on a full-blown rant about it on Friday afternoon, in which he tried to argue that because he “likes their anthem” he couldn’t possibly be behind the efforts to provoke a serious economic conflict with Canada.

The Bloomberg reporters stood their ground, and the peculiarity of the situation led many to hypothesize that it was Trump himself who had leaked the information, since he’s been known to do that in the past.

The reporter at the Toronto Star who broke the news, Daniel Dale, took to Twitter to defend the honor of his peers at Bloomberg and poured fuel on the speculation that it was the White House who had leaked the information itself.

I’d said I wasn’t going to say anything about my source for the quotes Trump made off the record to Bloomberg.

Trump is calling Jennifer Jacobs, Margaret Talev and their editor liars. They aren’t, and they didn’t violate their “off the record” promise to him. I don’t want to be a party to his attempt to make fellow reporters look deceitful.

It’s looking more and more likely that the President is using the media as a publicity weapon in his needless and inexplicable economic war against our closest ally and one of our biggest trade partners.

 

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