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The White House has denied that President Donald Trump said he had a good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un
US President Donald Trump pushed back to North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un, saying he had been misquoted. The Wall Street Journal quoted Trump as saying in an interview Thursday: “I have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-Un.”
But the White House insisted he said “I’d,” not “I,” and Trump followed up on a tweet on Sunday. “Obviously I did not say that.” I said, “I have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un, a big difference.” “And they knew exactly what I said and meant, they just wanted a story FAKE NEWS!” The Wall Street Journal and the White House posted audio recordings Trump ‘s remarks on Twitter. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders’ account. She had earlier tweeted a written message disputing the newspaper’s article. “President Trump said, I’m probably having a good relationship with Kim Jong Un of North Korea. ” I’D – I’D – I’D. NOT I!” the message read, with “I’D” in red ink, under a banner “FAKE NEWS.” Mockingly mimicking the newspaper’s front page, it then reads “THE WALL STREET JOURNAL – FAKE NEWS IS AT IT AGAIN! – FALSELY QUOTING PRESIDENT TRUMP.” Washington and Pyongyang are in a standoff over North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs, which could be used to target the United States and its allies. Trump has repeatedly insulted the North Korean leader, describing him as mad and a “rocket man.” Asked by The Wall Street Journal Kim, Trump said: “I do not want to comment on it.” I’m not saying “I just do not want to comment.” Trump suggests his variable position on the individual’s part of a broader strategy. But it was not clear how his remarks fitted with his self-described policy of “maximum pressure” on Pyongyang. In the coming week the United States and Canada are hosting a meeting in Vancouver on the nuclear standoff with North Korea, bringing together friendly powers from around the world.
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