It was just after 1 p.m. Wednesday when CNN’s Jim Acosta treated his followers to a big scoop:

“The problem with Trump’s comments to Trudeau is that British [not Canadian] troops burned down the White House during the War of 1812,” he clarified.

Fast-forward nearly 6 hours and Acosta was still on it, citing backup from the CBC:

See? The CBC reported:

Trump mentioned the burning of the White House during the War of 1812 during the confrontational May 25 call, which was first reported by CNN and confirmed by CBC News.

Trudeau reportedly asked Trump how tariffs could be imposed on Canada on “national security” grounds. Trump reportedly responded: “Didn’t you guys burn down the White House?”

It’s not clear if Trump was attempting to inject humour into a discussion on a topic that could have serious economic repercussions.

British troops burned down the White House in 1814 during the War of 1812, in retaliation for an American attack on York, Ont., a British colony at the time.

The CBC didn’t think it was clear if Trump was making a joke or not, but Michel Boyer, national correspondent for CTV News, is pretty sure it was.

But the CBC said the call was “tense,” “testy,” and “confrontational.”

Hey, even Joy Reid said that Trump was “kick-a** funny” on her old blog.


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