Trump knocks Ian Bremmer for 'completely ludicrous quote'

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“.@ianbremmer now admits that he MADE UP 'a completely ludicrous quote,' attributing it to me,” Trump tweeted amid a four-day state visit to Japan.

“This is what’s going on in the age of Fake News,” Trump added. “People think they can say anything and get away with it. Really, the libel laws should be changed to hold Fake News Media accountable!”

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Bremmer in a since-deleted post on Twitter quoted Trump as saying “Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnOvernight Defense: Army launches command probe after slaying at Fort Hood | 'MAGA' listed as 'covert white supremacy' in military handout Kim Jong Un's sister says another summit with Trump unlikely, requests July Fourth DVDs Will the real Kim Yo Jong stand up? MORE is smarter and would make a better President than Sleepy Joe BidenJoe BidenDonald Trump Jr. to self-publish book 'Liberal Privilege' before GOP convention Tom Price: Here's how we can obtain more affordable care The Memo: Democrats feel rising tide in Florida MORE.”

He also responded to a Twitter user questioning the validity of the quote by saying “it’s plausible” and in another post said he was commenting on the “state of media and the twitterverse today,” according to screenshots.

In another post, he reportedly said his initial tweet included “a completely ludicrous quote.”

“And yet kinda plausible," he added. "Especially on twitter, where people automatically support whatever political position they have. That’s the point.”

Many journalists, including some traveling with Trump in Japan, quickly noted Bremmer’s quote was fabricated. 

Trump did write while in Japan that he smiled when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called former Vice President Joe Biden a “Swampman” and “low IQ individual & worse.” 

Bremmer apologized after Trump's tweet on Monday, saying his initial post was "meant in jest."

"The President correctly quoted me as saying it was a 'completely ludicrous' statement," he added. "I should have been clearer. My apologies."

--This report was updated at 11:04 a.m.