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Trump denies saying he probably had good relationship with Kim

From Reuters - January 14, 2018

PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday disputed a newspapers account of an interview with him last week in which he was quoted as saying he probably has a very good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump said in tweets that in the Wall Street Journal interview on Thursday, he said Id probably have a good relationship with Kim, using a conditional tense.

The White House released a portion of the audio from the interview that it said showed Trump said Id. The Wall Street Journal released its own audio that it said backed up its version of the events.

The Trump comment was key because it suggested he feels he has a good relationship with Kim, who has resisted global pressure to stand down from a series of nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

Trump has derided the North Korean leader as a maniac and referred to him as little rocket man. Kim has responded by calling the U.S. president a mentally deranged U.S. dotard.

Kim has warned the United States that he intends to build a nuclear arsenal capable of hitting the United States, prompting threats of military action by Washington.

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