The Wall Street Journal quoted President Trump as saying he has a good relationship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, feeding into the storyline that Trump is off his Oval Office rocker. But I think it’s pretty clear he was talking about a prospective relationship with Kim.
Here’s how the Journal quoted him:
I have a great relationship with him, as you know I have a great relationship with Prime Minister Abe of Japan and I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un of North Korea.
If you listen to the audio and the tone of voice, it’s pretty clear that Trump said “I’d” instead of “I”. It sounds a bit more like “I’d,” and his vocal inflexion makes it seems like he’s speculating like he is speculating.
I don’t think this was an intentional “hit job” against Trump. I do think it’s quite possible people were hearing what they wanted to hear. At the very least, it is irresponsible that nobody noticed and pointed to the ambiguity.