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White House corrects Donald Trump ‘North Korea quote’ with a mocking meme on Twitter about fake news

‘I’D – I’D – I’D. NOT I!’ the message read, with ‘I’D’ in red ink, under a red banner reading ‘FAKE NEWS’

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 14 January, 2018, 1:41pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 14 January, 2018, 11:16pm

The White House has denied and corrected a quote attributed to US President Donald 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.”

But Press Secretary Sarah Sanders insisted – in a Twitter meme – that Trump was misquoted.

“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 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.”

Hours later, Sanders posted a short audio clip from the interview.

Washington and Pyongyang are in a stand-off over North Korea’s missile and nuclear programmes, which could be used to target the United States and its allies.

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.”

Trump suggested his variable position on individuals was part of a broader 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 stand-off with North Korea in Vancouver, bringing together friendly powers from around the world.