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    What Did He Really Say? Trump-WSJ Misquote Mudslinging Taken to Next Level

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    Donald Trump and The Wall Street Journal have dug in their respective heels over something the president allegedly said about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

    In a published transcript of its interview with Trump last week, WSJ quoted the president as saying that he 'probably has' a "very good relationship with Kim Jon-un of North Korea." 

    Blasting the publication on Saturday and suggesting that "FAKE NEWS IS AT IT AGAIN!", Trump press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders published White House audio of the conversation, stressing that the president said "I'd", not "I" in reference to the North Korean leader, meaning that he would or could have a "good relationship" with the leader at some point in the future.

    But WSJ refused to back down, publishing their own audio and saying that after checking it with "an external service," they "stand by what we reported."

    Trump himself finally replied on Sunday, tweeting that there was a "big difference" between what he said and what the newspaper said he said, and suggesting that WSJ "just wanted a story."

    "Fortunately, we now record conversations with reporters," he added, implying that this helps cut down on "fake news."

    As always, the story (or non-story, as it may be in this case) led to a flurry of commentary on Twitter, with users lining up to share their thoughts on what they heard, and whether this latest mini Trump vs. the media kerfuffle has any merit whatsoever.

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