Donald Trump casually suggested an increase on anti-Semitic threats and violence could have been faked to "make people look bad", it was reported today.
He made the comments to a meeting of state attorneys general, according to one of the officials present.
There have been more than 30 bomb threats to Jewish centres across the US so far this week.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro told a Buzzfeed reporter : "He just said, 'Sometimes it's the reverse, to make people - or make others - look bad.' and he used the word 'reverse' I would say two or three times in his comments".
Shapiro noted the President had also said the threats were "reprehensible" and said he was not sure of the purpose of his comments.
But it's not the first time the President has hinted a "false flag" operation might be underway to discredit his supporters, without offering any evidence.
In a jaw-dropping press conference earlier this month, he suggested his opponents were posing as Trump supporters and making anti-Semitic comments..
He said: "Some of that anger is caused by the other side. They'll do signs, they'll do drawings that are inappropriate. It won't be my people, it'll be people on the other side to anger people like you."