November 30, 2022

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.


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

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.

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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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