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President Donald Trump used his Twitter account to illustrate how the The Wall Street Journal twisted his words into a fake news story.

The Wall Street Journal published an article on Jan. 11 which stated:

President Donald Trump said he believes he has developed a positive relationship with North Korea’s leader despite their mutual public insults, suggesting he is open to diplomacy after months of escalating tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear-weapons program.

“I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un, ” Mr. Trump said in an interview Thursday with The Wall Street Journal. “I have relationships with people. I think you people are surprised.”

Asked if he has spoken with Mr. Kim, Mr. 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 went on Twitter Sunday to make it clear that he was speaking hypothetically, because he does not have a personal relationship with the North Korean leader.

“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!”

The Wall Street Journal pushed back against Trump’s claim on Sunday, saying the publication “stands by what it reported.”

The Journal said it agreed with the White House before the interview that audiotape taken by administration officials and reporters would be used for “transcription purposes only.”

“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.’ ”

Twitter users weighed in on the controversy; some heard him say “I” and others clearly heard him say “I’d”. Either way, since Trump does not actually know Kim, it’s likely that he really did say “I’d”.

Trump last week told South Korea’s leader he was open to direct talks with North Korea on its nuclear program.

“Sure. I always believe in talking,” he told reporters at Camp David. “If something can happen and something can come out of those talks, that would be a great thing for all of humanity.”

The president had previously dismissed the idea of direct talks with North Korea, tweeting in October that negotiations with the country were a waste of time.

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