Trump misquoted on N Korea comment, says White House
Published : Sunday, 14 January, 2018 at 9:34 AM Count : 141
The White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Saturday said the US President Donald Trump’s comment on North Korea was misquoted in the Wall Street Journal.
In a twitter meme, Sarah denied and corrected a quote attributed to Trump that suggested he had good contacts with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
“I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-Un,” Trump was quoted as telling The Wall Street Journal in an interview on Thursday, refusing to confirm whether the two had spoken.
“I have relationships with people. I think you people are surprised.”
“President Trump said, I’D probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un of North Korea. I’D—I’D—I’D. NOT I!” the twitter message read, with “I’D” in red ink, under a red banner reading “FAKE NEWS.”
Mockingly mimicking the newspaper’s front page, it then reads “THE WALL STREET JOURNAL—FAKE NEWS IS AT IT AGAIN! -- FALSELY QUOTING PRESIDENT TRUMP.”
Trump has repeatedly insulted the North Korean leader, describing him as mad and a “rocket man.”
Asked if he had spoken to Kim, Trump said “I don’t want to comment on it.
I’m not saying I have or haven’t. I just don’t want to comment.”
Washington and Pyongyang are in a standoff over North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs, which could be used to target the United States and its allies, AFP reports.
Trump suggested his variable position on individuals was part of a poader strategy.
But it was not clear how his remarks fit with his self-described policy of “maximum pressure” on Pyongyang.
Next week, the United States and Canada are to host a meeting on the nuclear standoff with North Korea in Vancouver, pinging together friendly powers from around the world.