Earlier today, The Toronto Star published bombshell off the record excerpts from President Donald Trump’s interview with Bloomberg that “upended” trade talks between the two nations:

Since The Toronto Star was not party to the off the record nature of the comments, it was free to publish them. The reporter on the story, Daniel Dale explained:

From Dale’s subsequent tweets on the matter, he said the “White House very much did not want this published”:

And in the middle of all this, there was another on/off the record mini-controversy where Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters thought she was off the record but according to Dale, she wasn’t:

President Trump later tweeting his anger that the off the record comments were published, but it’s not clear who leaked them to The Toronto Star. Was it on Bloomberg’s end or did the leak come from the White House?

Despite Dale’s reporting that the White House didn’t want the comments made public, reporters are speculating that it was the White House that was responsible.

Blake Hounshell, Politico:

Pete Souza, former White House photographer for the Obama administration:

John Dickerson, CBS News:

Maggie Haberman, New York Times:

John Allen, NBC News:

Jonathan Swan, Axios:

Even former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci as heard rumors that the leak was from the White House:

Dale, however, isn’t talking about how he got the comments:

But he did give an example where off the record comments did come from the paper doing the interview, so take this for what you will:

As for the talks, there is no deal…

…but there’s still hope:

Trump’s statement to Congress:

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