President Trump on Sunday ripped The Wall Street Journal for "fake news," saying he never said "I have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un."
The Journal on Thursday quoted Trump as saying “I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un. I have relationships with people. I think you people are surprised.”
But Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to say the Journal omitted a "D" in his quote, changing the meaning.
“The Wall Street Journal stated falsely that I said to them “I have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un” (of N. Korea). 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,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter.
Trump also said "... and they knew exactly what I said and meant. They just wanted a story. FAKE NEWS!”
The Journal's story was widely picked up, with other news organizations reporting — as fact — that Trump had said he has a relationship with the North Korean dictator he calls "Little Rocket Man."
On Saturday, the White House released an audio tape of the interview, insisting Trump said "I'd" rather than "I." White House press secretary Sarah Sanders made the audio tape available in a tweet.
It is difficult to hear the difference in the quote, but because the meaning of the two sentences is so different, you'd think the Journal would simply ask Trump exactly what he said.
A White House official told Reuters that the delay in publicly disputing the Journal’s account was caused by a failed attempt to get the paper to correct the record.
“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 official said.
Later, Trump tweeted: