Trump knocks Ian Bremmer for 'completely ludicrous quote'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWatergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book Obama: 'Everybody needs to chill out' about differences between 2020 candidates MORE on Monday slammed journalist and New York University professor Ian Bremmer for attributing a "completely ludicrous quote" to him.

“.@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 UnTrump must regain his advantage over Xi Jinping and Kim Jong Un As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Harris accuses Trump of being 'punked' by North Korea MORE is smarter and would make a better President than Sleepy Joe BidenJoe BidenKamala Harris receives new Iowa endorsements after debate performance Watergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Deal on defense bill proves elusive | Hill, Holmes offer damaging testimony | Trump vows to block Navy from ousting officer from SEALs 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.