Journalist and New York University professor Ian Bremmer on Monday apologized for fabricating a quote by President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE Monday shortly after Trump condemned it.

"My tweet yesterday about Trump preferring Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnNorth Korea issues warning over US-South Korea drills Trump says he'll meet with dictators if it helps the US South Korea: US pursuing nuclear talks with North Korea 'very actively' 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 BidenGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes 2020 Dems put focus on stemming veteran suicides 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?”