Trump in War of a Word With Wall Street Journal

Did the president say 'I' or 'I'd'?
By Josh Rosenblatt,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2018 9:49 AM CST
Donald Trump   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

(Newser) – President Trump is taking his battle against "fake news" to one of his most reliable supporters. This morning the president started his day by slamming the Wall Street Journal on Twitter for allegedly misquoting him in an interview published Thursday, Politico reports. In the interview Trump is quoted as saying, "I probably have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un," referring to the North Korean leader with whom Trump has been in a war of words for months. But today Trump said the Journal got the quote wrong. "Obviously I didn’t say that," the president tweeted. "I said “I’d have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un,” a big difference. Fortunately we now record conversations with reporters..." Trump went on to say that the Journal knew "exactly" what it was doing. "They just wanted a story," he wrote. "FAKE NEWS!"

Saturday night the WSJ released their audio recording of the interview on Twitter, claiming it proves that Trump said "I" and not "I'd." White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders then responded by releasing the "official audio" on her Twitter feed, claiming it proves the opposite. Though Trump has clashed with the press repeatedly during his presidency, he has generally had a good relationship with the Wall Street Journal, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch, who also owns Fox News.

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