I think this is how Trump talks about everybody behind their backs.
Courtesy of The Star:
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.
In another remark he did not want published, Trump said, according to the source, that the possible deal with Canada would be “totally on our terms.” He suggested he was scaring the Canadians into submission by repeatedly threatening to impose tariffs.
“Off the record, Canada’s working their ass off. And every time we have a problem with a point, I just put up a picture of a Chevrolet Impala,” Trump said, according to the source. The Impala is produced at the General Motors plant in Oshawa, Ontario.
Bloomberg News honored Trump’s request to keep these remarks off the record, but apparently, they were leaked to The Star who made no agreement with Tangerine Hitler.
Bloomberg’s editor did not confirm the remarks were said but also did not dispute their authenticity.
As for the White House, this was their statement:
“If this was said, it was said in an off the record capacity. I understand you guys have obtained it; I’m not sure where you’ve obtained it from,” said White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters.
So yeah, it was definitely said.
And if Trump cannot get Canada to sign on, then the “deal” he supposedly made with Mexico goes tits up as well.
Damn Trump cannot stop being an asshole even long enough to negotiate a much-needed trade agreement.
Which of course would not be “much needed” if he had not already been such an asshole about NAFTA.
Update: Trump responds, and confirms, this reporting.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2018
If this reporting is accurate, then how is it dishonest?
By the way, the scuttlebutt being discussed online suggests that Trump was the one who actually leaked this to The Star.