CANADA/MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Friday [8-31-18] confirmed that he made inflammatory off-the-record remarks about Canada, as he blasted the leak while also saying, ‘At least Canada knows where I stand!’ The Toronto Star earlier Friday printed remarks Trump made during an interview with Bloomberg News the day before, in which he said the United States won’t budge on a trade deal with Canada unless it is ‘totally on our terms’…The Toronto Star cited a source in its article on the comments, which Trump said he did not want on the record because they could hinder a deal with Canada. Trump late Friday on Twitter asked if Bloomberg would apologize, and on Saturday tweeted: ‘I love Canada, but they’ve taken advantage of our Country for many years!’ The Trump administration has been meeting with Canadian officials after the U.S. made a preliminary two-way deal with Mexico earlier this week to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. Negotiators for both the countries were battling over agriculture and other issues in Friday’s discussion.”

Rebecca Morin, “Trump confirms leaked comments: ‘At least Canada knows where I stand!’,” Politico, August 31, 2018 7:41 am