Four interviewers from the Wall Street Journal sat down with President Donald Trump on Thursday to discuss a variety of topics, but there was one particular statement the president denied making after the transcript was released.
"I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un," Trump allegedly said about the North Korean leader he once referred to as a "maniac" and "little rocket man."
"The Wall Street Journal stated falsely that I said to them 'I have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un' (of N. Korea)," Trump later tweeted. "Obviously I didn’t say that. I said 'I’d have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un, a big difference. Fortunately we now record conversations with reporters..."
And just like what Mr. Trump said, fortunately, the conversation was recorded, and it played back exactly what was said during that portion of the interview.
A White House official later cleared the air by disputing the WSJ's misrepresented quote and blamed the delayed response on the daily newspaper's failure to make the correction.
The reason there was a delay is because we had several calls and emails with WSJ, starting Friday morning, asking them to issue a correction. They refused and so we pushed out our own clarification.
The conditional tense of the quote was a point of contention on Twitter.
A reporter wanted to confirm Trump's standing with Kim Jong Un, asking, "Just to be clear, you haven’t spoken to the North Korean leader? I mean when you say a relationship with Korea ...."
The reporter was immediately cut off.
"I don’t want to comment on it — I don’t want to comment, I’m not saying I have or I haven’t," Trump responded.
Twitter highlighted other precious talking points from the interview.
The interview concluded with this winning statement.
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