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WH denies report of Trump saying he has a good relationship with Kim

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders insisted -- in a Twitter meme -- that Trump was misquoted

AFP | PTI  |  Washington 

President Donald Trump with Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, right, speaks during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Meeting Room of the White House in Washington (Photo: AP/PTI)

The has denied and corrected a quote attributed to that suggested he had good contacts with North Korean leader

"I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong- Un," Trump was quoted as telling The Journal in an interview on Thursday, refusing to confirm whether the two had spoken.

"I have relationships with people. I think you people are surprised."

But insisted -- in a meme -- that Trump was misquoted.

"Trump said, I'D probably have a very good relationship with of I'D -- I'D -- I'D. NOT I!" the message read, with "I'D" in red ink, under a red banner reading "FAKE NEWS."

Mockingly mimicking the newspaper's front page, it then reads "THE JOURNAL -- FAKE NEWS IS AT IT AGAIN! -- FALSELY QUOTING TRUMP."

and are in a standoff over North Korea's missile and nuclear programs, which could be used to target the and its allies.

Trump has repeatedly insulted the North Korean leader, describing him as mad and a "rocket man."

Asked if he had spoken to Kim, 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 suggested his variable position on individuals was part of a broader strategy.

But it was not clear how his remarks fit with his self- described policy of "maximum pressure" on

Next week, the and are to host a meeting on the nuclear standoff with in Vancouver, bringing together friendly powers from around the world.

First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 12:53 IST