by J. Krishna Moorthi:
President Trump pushed back at a report on Sunday that he had a good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying he had been misquoted.
The White House is disputing the newspaper’s report that Trump, in an interview last week with several Wall Street Journal reporters, said he has a good relationship with the nuclear-armed leader he has previously mocked as “Little Rocket Man.”
“The Wall Street Journal, as you know, quoted totally wrong,” Trump told reporters here Sunday evening. “But we’re going to see what happens with North Korea. We have great talks going on.
The Olympics, you know about. A lot of things can happen.” In the interview, Trump claimed good relationships with other Asian leaders dealing with North Korea. The Journal quoted Trump as then saying, “I probably have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un.”
“Obviously I didn’t say that,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday morning. “I said ‘I’d have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un,’ a big difference,” he continued. “Fortunately we now record conversations with reporters. . .”
In a second tweet, Trump finished the thought: ” . . . and they knew exactly what I said and meant. They just wanted a story. FAKE NEWS!”
Both The Wall Street Journal and the White House posted audio recordings of Trump’s remarks on Twitter.
These recordings, while not completely clear, appeared to support White House press Secretary Sarah Sanders account. She had earlier tweeted a written message disputing the newspaper’s article.
FAKE NEWS is at it again!