Jan 14, 2018

White House, WSJ go to the tape over "fake news" feud

Dave Lawler, author of World

President Trump tweeted this morning accusing the Wall Street Journal of maliciously misreporting a statement he made in a recent interview. The tweet followed a "FAKE NEWS" alert last night from Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

At issue: Whether Trump said "I probably have a good relationship with Kim Jong-un," or "I'd probably have a good relationship with Kim Jong-un."

The WSJ responded with its own version of the audio, and standing by its reporting. Decide for yourself:

The backdrop: This feud comes after the WSJ reported that a porn star was paid in 2016 not to discuss an "alleged sexual encounter" with Trump. A White House official says the delay in responding was because of “multiple calls/emails trying to get” the WSJ to correct or clarify.

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Why it matters: The move exacerbates tensions between Twitter and the president over the company's authority to label or limit his speech as well as the president's authority to dictate rules for a private company.

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President Trump threatened via Twitter early Friday to send the national guard to Minneapolis following three days of massive demonstrations and unrest in the city over George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody this week.

Details: "I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right," Trump tweeted after a police station was torched by some protesters.

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Cheering protesters set a Minneapolis police station on fire Thursday night in the third night of unrest following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in the city, per AP.

The state of play: Minnesota's governor on Thursday activated the state's national guard following violent outbreaks throughout the week, as the nation waits to see if the officers involved will be charged with murder.