White House disputes WSJ transcript of President Trump
The White House and Wall Street Journal issued contradicting statements on whether or not President Trump was misquoted in a recent interview about his relationship with North Korea.
The newspaper and Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders simultaneously shared audio recordings from the Jan. 11 interview with Trump on their Twitter accounts at around midnight Saturday.
Sanders disputed the Journal’s audio and transcript that shows Trump said, “I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un of North Korea.”
She contends that Trump said, “I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un of North Korea.”
While not a big difference, the White House interpretation of Trump’s statement suggests the relationship is lacking.
It’s unclear if President Trump said “I probably have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un” or “I’d probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un.”
“We have reviewed the audio from our interview with President Trump, as well as the transcript provided by an external service, and stand by what we reported,” the Journal tweeted about two minutes before Sander’s social media dispatch.
Both audio clips appear to be from different microphones.
Sanders described her sample as the “official audio.”
Earlier on Saturday, Sanders tweeted a meme-esque image slamming the Rupert Murdoch-owned News Corp paper for “falsely quoted President Trump.”
The quote made headlines for appearing to contradict Trump’s prior comments on the North Korean leader, who he has frequently derided and mocked as “Little Rocket Man.”
In the same interview, Trump refused to say if he has spoken with Kim Jong Un.