Trump Says WSJ Misquoted Him on Kim, Paper Stands Its Ground

Katrina Barker
January 15, 2018

The Trump comment was key because it suggested he feels he has a good relationship with Kim, who has resisted global pressure to stand down from a series of nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

Gabbard went on to say she continued to encourage Trump to directly negotiate with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and do so without preconditions.

The Wall Street Journal conducted an interview with President Donald Trump during which North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, was brought up.

"We have got to get to the underlying issue here of why are the people of Hawaii and this country facing a nuclear threat coming from North Korea today, and what is this president doing urgently to eliminate that threat?" she said.

"I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un of North Korea", Trump said in the interview, according to.

Two minutes later, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also tweeted audio footage: "Here is the official audio showing WSJ misquoting @POTUS".

Asked by The Wall Street Journal if he had spoken to Kim, Trump said: "I don't want to comment on it. As in, I don't think the president knows where to find the button".

"After the White House challenged the Journal's transcription and accuracy of the quote in a story, The Journal made a decision to release the relevant portion of the audio".

The spat comes days before Trump says he will announce what he calls the "Fake News Awards" to highlight stories unfair to him.

On the topic of North Korea, 32 percent of voters believe Trump's actions make the isolated regime afraid to attack America, while 68 percent believe it makes North Korea more likely to attack the US first. Though Mr Trump once said he would be "honoured" to meet Mr Kim, he has increasingly responded to Pyongyang's threats with bombastic statements of his own.

Sanders produced audio recordings of Trump's remarks, where he is heard saying "I'd" - not "I" - as the WSJ claims (listen below). I'm not saying I have or haven't.

Separately, NBC News reports that Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake, one of Trump's fiercest critics in the GOP, plans to denounce the president's attacks on the media as reminiscent of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in a speech on the Senate floor this week.

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