After the Wall Street Journal published a transcript of its latest interview with the president, Donald Trump hit out at the conservative-leaning newspaper via twitter, saying it had published "fake news" on purpose.
What ensued was a battle of recordings, with tapes produced by both the Wall Street Journal and the White House.
From the Hill:
President Trump on Sunday morning went after The Wall Street Journal, claiming he never said he had a good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
"The Wall Street Journal stated falsely that I said to them 'I have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un' (of N. Korea)," Trump tweeted. "Obviously I didn’t say that. I said 'I’d have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un,' a big difference. Fortunately we now record conversations with reporters ... and they knew exactly what I said and meant. They just wanted a story. FAKE NEWS!"
Though the Journal had agreed with the White House that recordings would not be published, when the veracity of the transcripts were questioned by Trump and other White House officials, the Wall Street Journal changed course:
"After the White House challenged the Journal’s transcription and accuracy of the quote in a story, The Journal decided to release the relevant portion of the audio. The White House then released its audio version of the contested segment," the Journal said.
"A transcript of the interview created by an independent transcription service for The Journal and posted online by the newspaper Thursday evening also said that Mr. Trump had said 'I' rather than 'I’d.' "
The statement in question regards Trump's remarks on his relationship with North Korea's leader:
“I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un,” Trump said in the interview. “I have relationships with people. I think you people are surprised.”
When asked during the interview if he has spoken with Kim, Trump said he didn't want to comment.
“I’m not saying I have or haven’t,” Trump said. “I just don’t want to comment.”