Journalist and New York University professor Ian Bremmer on Monday apologized for fabricating a quote by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE Monday shortly after Trump condemned it.

"My tweet yesterday about Trump preferring Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnSouth Korea and the billion mustache North Korea replaces its foreign minister: report Brent Budowsky: The patriotic duty of Senate Republicans 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 BidenSchiff closes Democrats' impeachment arguments with emotional appeal to remove Trump Conservative reporter on Sanders: He's not a 'yes man' Democrats feel political momentum swinging to them on impeachment 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?”