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Trump knocks Ian Bremmer for 'completely ludicrous quote'

President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout 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 UnRussian diplomats leave North Korea by handcar due to coronavirus restrictions Unholy war: The few evangelicals who stood up to Trump Trump offered North Korea's Kim a ride home on Air Force One: report MORE is smarter and would make a better President than Sleepy Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Myanmar military conducts violent night raids Confidence in coronavirus vaccines has grown with majority now saying they want it 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.