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

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The president’s war against the media took a bizarre turn yesterday when he accused several reporters at Bloomberg of improperly 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, of course, immediately 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.

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.

Perhaps he’s feeling jealous of Senator McCain’s funeral hogging the spotlight, or maybe he’s looking for an issue that he can use to rile up his base and make it look like he’s taking a stand to defend the American worker when in reality he’s just purposefully tanking one of our most important international relationships for the hell of it.

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