Trump Tweets, Visits Golf Club While D.C. Mourns McCain’s Passing

on August 31, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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Wearing a white “Make America Great Again” hat and a white shirt, President Donald Trump arrived at his company’s golf club in Virginia at around 11:16 a.m. ET on Saturday, according to pool reports, an hour after much of the Washington, D.C. military and political establishment met at the Washington National Cathedral to mourn the passing of the late Sen. John McCain.

Trump hadn’t been invited. Instead, he tweeted angrily on a range of subjects.

Much of the President’s invective focused on off-the-record comments he reportedly made during an interview with Bloomberg journalists, some of which were then provided to the Toronto Star. In the leaked off-the-record comments, Trump indicated he would not compromise with Canada in trade negotiations.

Trump has blamed Bloomberg for releasing the comments. The journalists who conducted the interview haven’t responded directly to that charge, though the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman, citing unnamed “people close to the White House,” said her sources had “raised [the] possibility that Trump ordered it put out.”

Indeed, in Saturday’s tweets, Trump doubles down on his published off-the-record comments, accusing Canada of “tak[ing] advantage of our Country for many years!” and threatening that “Canada will be out” of NAFTA without a new “fair deal.”

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