President Donald Trump confirmed Friday afternoon that leaked off-the-record statements he made to Bloomberg News reporters Thursday were authentic — and he doubled down on them, saying “at least Canada knows where I stand!”
Trump also took the opportunity to rail against the media once again, saying the “powerful understanding” of “OFF THE RECORD COMMENTS” was “BLATANTLY VIOLATED”.
The comments in question were regarding Trump’s attempt to strike a trade deal with Canada, negotiations for which were slated to continue Friday morning.
According to The Toronto Star, Trump said he did not want to make disparaging remarks publicly so as not to derail negotiations:
> In remarks Trump wanted to be “off the record,” Trump told Bloomberg News reporters on Thursday, according to a source, that he is not making any compromises at all in the talks with Canada — but that he cannot say this publicly 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,” he said of the Canadian government.