President Donald Trump's Thursday morning tweet accusing China of illegal oil shipments to North Korea was informed by a segment he saw on Fox News, which Trump admitted to the New York Times in a later interview.
Trump's tweet appeared to be in reference to a report published in a South Korean newspaper, claiming that U.S. spy satellites had picked up a Chinese ship transferring oil to North Korea at sea. U.S. officials have not confirmed that report.
Trump later acknowledged in a New York Times interview that he saw the report on Fox News.
"It was very recently," the president told the Times. "In fact, I hate to say, it was reported this morning, and it was reported on Fox."
The accusation led to a swift denial by Chinese officials:
“China has always implemented U.N. Security Council resolutions pertaining to North Korea in their entirety and fulfills its international obligations," the spokeswoman, Hua Chunying said, according to Reuters. "We never allow Chinese companies and citizens to violate the resolutions," she added.