White House accuses WSJ of misquoting Trump on North Korea

White House accuses WSJ of misquoting Trump on North Korea
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Saturday accused The Wall Street Journal of misquoting President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE, taking issue with how the newspaper worded the president's statement regarding North Korea.


“I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un,” Trump is quoted in the interview. “I have relationships with people. I think you people are surprised.”

On Saturday, Sanders pushed back against the report, insisting the president said "I'd probably" instead of "I probably." The alleged error prompted several tweets from Sanders, who said "clear audio evidence" shows the paper's error.

"Fake news is at it again," reads a graphic tweeted by Sanders Saturday evening.

The press secretary later said the newspaper refused a request to change the word. 

"We first contacted the WSJ Friday morning and asked for a correction. They repeatedly refused to issue one despite clear audio evidence they'd misquoted POTUS," she said later in response to a question from a Politico reporter.

Another tweet from Sanders includes audio of Trump's interview with the Journal.

"Here is the official audio showing WSJ misquoting @POTUS," Sanders tweeted.

The president himself went after the newspaper on Sunday morning, accusing the Journal of "falsely" stating that he claimed to have a good relationship with North Korea.

"The Wall Street Journal stated falsely that I said to them 'I have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un' (of N. Korea)," Trump tweeted.

"Obviously I didn’t say that. I said 'I’d have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un,' a big difference," he added. "Fortunately we now record conversations with reporters ... and they knew exactly what I said and meant. They just wanted a story. FAKE NEWS!"