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The Trump White House has issued multiple attacks on the Rupert Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal, declaring their transcript of a interview with Donald Trump "fake news." And the point of contention, in an 8,500 word interview is a single letter.
The Wall Street Journal stated falsely that I said to them "I have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un" (of N. Korea). 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...
This came after Trump prattled on for an hour and left people in meetings hanging because he was having so much "fun" in his interview, firing off statements like an addled chipmunk. Trump actually went out of his interview with the Journal declaring that he wanted to do "one of these" every month.
But then Trump's interview was published, and someone noticed that most of it was simply nuts.
"Mr. Trump: Just -- and so -- so I was successful, successful, successful. I was always the best athlete, people don't know that. But I was successful at everything I ever did and then I run for president, first time -- first time, not three times, not six times. I ran for president first time and lo and behold, I win. And then people say oh, is he a smart person? I'm smarter than all of them put together, but they can't admit it."
Out of his rants about the importance of windows, the variety of ways Mexico could be forced to pay for his wall, his continuing wish for laws that let him persecute the press more effectively, how Hillary Clinton was "guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty" no matter what anyone said, and the value of America's "violent" and "vicious" rivers, Trump decided that there was just one problem that had to be addressed.
Mr. Trump: President Xi has been extremely generous with what he's said, I like him a lot. I have a great relationship with him, as you know I have a great relationship with Prime Minister Abe of Japan and I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un of North Korea.
I have relationships with people, I think you people are surprised.
WSJ: Just to be clear, you haven't spoken to the North Korean leader, I mean when you say a relationship with Korea--
Mr. Trump: I don't want to comment on it -- I don't want to comment, I'm not saying I have or I haven't. But I just don't --
WSJ: Some people would see your tweets, which are sometimes combative towards Kim Jong Un...
Mr. Trump: Sure, you see that a lot with me and then all of a sudden somebody's my best friend. I could give you 20 examples. You give me 30. I'm a very flexible person.
"We first contacted the WSJ Friday morning and asked for a correction," Sanders wrote on Twitter. "They repeatedly refused to issue one despite clear audio evidence they'd misquoted POTUS."