Trump just got into a feud over a quote with Wall Street Journal, but they got it on tape

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Trump waded into a “he said/he said” debate with the Wall Street Journal, claiming that the paper had deliberately misquoted him. Trump hit twitter early this morning to dispute a quote that appeared in the Wall Street Journal story about his relationships with Asian leaders, and specifically the way he described his relationship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

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WSJ quoted Trump as saying “I probably have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un.”

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Trump disputes the transcript.

And because he’s probably kicking himself that no one went full “Eliza Doolittle” on him to teach him better diction, he adds this for good measure.

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The Wall Street Journal responded by releasing audio tape of the interview along with a transcript provided by a third party.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released this State Propaganda-style rebuttal.

Then she followed up with the White House’s own recording of the interview.

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Critics on Twitter asked Sanders why it took the White House so long to issue a complaint about the misquote – it took until Saturday night for a complaint to show up online about it. The story ran on Thursday, but the White House did not air grievances until days later.

Sanders claimed the White House asked for a correction on Friday, but did not get it. Still, that’s a full 24-36 hours before anything appears on Twitter. And if Trump’s track record shows anything, it’s that there’s usually no lag time between a thought popping into his head and it emerging half formed on Twitter.

WSJ stood by its transcription in a follow up article today.

Maybe this is one reason why everyone harping on the President for his un-presidential style of speech has some real value. Someone get this guy a Henry Higgins so we can at least accurately transcribe the nonsense coming out of his mouth.

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