North Korea's Foreign Ministry denied President Donald Trump's claim he recently received a "nice note" from their leader, Kim Jong-un.
During a press conference at the White House, Trump said he'd had recent communication from Kim.
He also claimed that the United States would be at war with North Korea if not for his election to office, despite the currently stalled diplomacy between the two countries.
Trump said during the press conference that he had recently received a "nice note" from Kim.
"I received a nice note from him recently. It was a nice note. I think we're doing fine."
North Korea's Foreign Ministry was quick to deny Trump's claim, however, saying that no communication to the US had been sent from "the supreme leadership"—referencing Kim.
They also questioned why the US leader would release "the ungrounded story" to the media.
"The relations between the top leaders of (North Korea) and the U.S. are not an issue to be taken up just for diversion nor it should be misused for meeting selfish purpo
Many on Twitter commented on the fact that they were now more willing to believe the North Korean leader than Trump.
@sloane_dc @ZekeJMiller @atrupar @AP Their dictator is more believable than our dictator.— Lora Fox 🤨 (@Lora Fox 🤨) 1587333059.0
@ZekeJMiller @atrupar @AP The sad thing is I tend to believe Kim more than Trump.— Som Records (@Som Records) 1587332497.0
@ZekeJMiller @atrupar @AP Funny, I never thought I'd believe North Korea over the American president...but here we are!— lalink1 (@lalink1) 1587332818.0
@theclassylib @AP Somehow I believe North Korea— Gracie (@Gracie) 1587311658.0
Many were also confused as to why Trump felt the need to invent this note.
@politico Why even mention this if it’s not true? What is Trump hoping to accomplish by lying? Oh wait that is what he does.— Loverules (@Loverules) 1587327555.0
Others were concerned that Trump would be pleased to receive a note from an authoritarian leader in the first place.
@politico Why would that even be something to be appreciated? Is the fact that our President is getting along great… https://t.co/WWi2B7s56U— disky (@disky) 1587327627.0
Back in March, North Korea said that Trump had sent a personal letter to Kim and that he was seeking to maintain relations between the two countries.
Kim Yo Jong, senior official and sister of Kim Jong-un, said at the time that the letter demonstrated the special nature of the two leaders' relationship. She also said that it was not a good idea to be optimistic about the prospect of relations between the two countries.
This letter was confirmed by a senior Trump official, who said that the letter was part of Trump's efforts to reach out to other world leaders during the pandemic crisis.
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