Late Saturday night, White House press Secretary Sarah Sanders accused the Wall Street Journal of "FAKE NEWS," specifically saying that they misquoted the president to make it appear that he had said he has a very good relationship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Instead. the president claims he said he "would have" a good relationship if the two leaders met. The difference comes down to "I" vs. "I'd."
In a phone interview with the Journal, Trump is quoted as saying: "I probably have a very good relationship" with the North Korean dictator.
"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."
Sanders also said Sunday: "We first contacted the WSJ Friday morning and asked for a correction. They repeatedly refused to issue one despite clear audio evidence they'd misquoted POTUS."
The Journal released its own recording of the moment, and says they are standing by their original reporting:
We have reviewed the audio from our interview with President Trump, as well as the transcript provided by an external service, and stand by what we reported. Here is audio of the portion the White House disputes. https://t.co/eWcmiHrXJg pic.twitter.com/bx9fGFWaPw— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) January 14, 2018
Trump's Sunday tweets:
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...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2018
...and they knew exactly what I said and meant. They just wanted a story. FAKE NEWS!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2018