Journalist and New York University professor Ian Bremmer on Monday apologized for fabricating a quote by President TrumpDonald TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations MORE Monday shortly after Trump condemned it.

"My tweet yesterday about Trump preferring Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnOvernight Defense: Austin and Milley talk budget, Afghanistan, sexual assault and more at wide-ranging Senate hearing North Korea calls U.S.-South Korea missile development hostile policy Biden's invisible foreign policy success MORE to Biden as President was meant in jest,” Bremmer tweeted Monday morning.

“The President correctly quoted me as saying it was a ‘completely ludicrous’ statement," he added. "I should have been clearer. My apologies.”  

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The since-deleted tweet claimed Trump had said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would make a better president than former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFormer Rep. Rohrabacher says he took part in Jan. 6 march to Capitol but did not storm building Saudis picked up drugs in Cairo used to kill Khashoggi: report Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting MORE.

Upon being questioned on the quote, Bremmer had said that it was “plausible” and meant as commentary on “the state of media and the twitterverse today.” 

.@ianbremmer now admits that he MADE UP 'a completely ludicrous quote,' attributing it to me,” Trump tweeted earlier Monday during a four-day state visit to Japan.

Trump had previously tweeted that he “smiled” in response to Kim insulting Biden, adding, “Perhaps that’s sending me a signal?”