Trump said on October 1, 2017, negotiating with North Korea over its nuclear program would be a waste of time, after it emerged that Washington had channels of contact with Pyongyang.
WASHINGTON - The White House on Saturday denied and corrected a quote attributed to President Donald Trump that suggested he had a good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
"I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-Un," Trump was quoted as telling The Wall Street Journal in an interview on Thursday.
But Press Secretary Sarah Sanders insisted that Trump said "I&39;d," not "I" as the newspaper reported.
Both The Wall Street Journal and the White House posted audio recordings of Trump&39;s remarks on Twitter. These, while not completely clear, appeared to support Sanders&39; account.
Sanders had earlier tweeted a written message disputing the newspaper&39;s article.
"President Trump said, I&39;D probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un of North Korea. I&39;D -- I&39;D -- I&39;D. NOT I!" the message read, with "I&39;D" in red ink, under a red banner reading "FAKE NEWS."
Mockingly mimicking the newspaper&39;s front page, it then reads "THE WALL STREET JOURNAL -- FAKE NEWS IS AT IT AGAIN! -- FALSELY QUOTING PRESIDENT TRUMP."
Washington and Pyongyang are in a standoff over North Korea&39;s missile and nuclear programs, which could be used to target the United States and its allies.
Trump has repeatedly insulted the North Korean leader, describing him as mad and a "rocket man."
Asked if by The Wall Street Journal if he had spoken to Kim, Trump said: "I don&39;t want to comment on it. I&39;m not saying I have or haven&39;t. I just don&39;t want to comment."
Trump suggested his variable position on individuals was part of a broader strategy.
But it was not clear how his remarks fitted with his self-described policy of "maximum pressure" on Pyongyang.
In the coming week, the United States and Canada are to host a meeting in Vancouver on the nuclear standoff with North Korea, bringing together friendly powers from around the world.