Journalist and New York University professor Ian Bremmer on Monday apologized for fabricating a quote by President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Anderson Cooper: Trump's Bubba Wallace tweet was 'racist, just plain and simple' Beats by Dre announces deal with Bubba Wallace, defends him after Trump remarks Overnight Defense: DOD reportedly eyeing Confederate flag ban | House military spending bill blocks wall funding MORE Monday shortly after Trump condemned it.

"My tweet yesterday about Trump preferring Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnWill the real Kim Yo Jong stand up? North Korea nixes idea of more talks with US Trump's Mount Rushmore stunt will backfire 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 BidenTrump renews culture war, putting GOP on edge Atlanta mayor says she has tested positive for COVID-19 Trump downplaying sparks new criticism of COVID-19 response 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?”