By: Kyle James | 08-31-2018 | News
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Media Leak of Trump Comment Louses up Canadian NAFTA Talks

A media leak of a comment made by President Trump regarding Canada and Nafta has complicated talks between the two nations. The statement was understood be off-the-record but was leaked to the Canadian press.

President Trump responded on Twitter saying "this powerful understanding was BLATANTLY VIOLATED" and he was used to "dishonest reporting."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Wow, I made OFF THE RECORD COMMENTS to Bloomberg concerning Canada, and this powerful understanding was BLATANTLY VIOLATED. Oh well, just more dishonest reporting. I am used to it. At least Canada knows where I stand!</p>&mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="">August 31, 2018</a></blockquote>

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"I think Canada’s going to make a deal at some point. It may be by Friday, or it may be within a period of time. But ultimately they have no choice," he said. The Toronto Star reports that it obtained comments during an Oval Office interview between Trump and Bloomberg. In the private remarks, he stated that he isn't willing to make a compromise with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government.

Trump said off-the-record he wouldn't say so publicly because "it’s going to be so insulting they’re not going to be able to make a deal." He added in the private comment, "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."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">NAFTA talks rocked by media leak of off-record Trump comments on Canada; <a href="">@BlakeBurman</a> reports. <a href="">@TeamCavuto</a> <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Fox News (@FoxNews) <a href="">August 31, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Trump added in another off-the-record comment that the deal with our northern ally would be "totally on our terms" and suggested he tried to use the threat of auto tariffs to spook Canada. He slammed the media on Twitter for "BLATANTLY" violating the terms of the interview. A Bloomberg spokesperson said, "When we agree that something is off the record, we respect that."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Canadian side was complaining to me about the Trump team showing no flexibility even before I asked them for comment this morning on the Trump quotes. They see the quotes as confirmation of suspicions that the Trump team isn&#39;t working to make a win-win deal today.</p>&mdash; Daniel Dale (@ddale8) <a href="">August 31, 2018</a></blockquote>

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