Journalist and New York University professor Ian Bremmer on Monday apologized for fabricating a quote by President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE Monday shortly after Trump condemned it.

"My tweet yesterday about Trump preferring Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnOvernight Defense: Biden nets military family endorsements | Final debate features North Korea exchange | Judge refuses to dismiss sexual assault case against top general Biden: Obama wouldn't 'legitimize' North Korea with meeting How Trump and Biden contrast on foreign policy 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 BidenGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska Jeff Daniels narrates new Biden campaign ad for Michigan 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?”