NYU former polisci prof misquotes Trump. The president is having NONE of it.
- President Donald Trump called out a New York University former political science professor who misquoted him on Twitter.
- The former professor has since deleted the original tweet and issued a separate tweet containing an apology.
President Donald Trump on Monday lambasted a former New York University political science professor who fabricated a quote and attributed it to the commander-in-chief.
NYU initially confirmed to Campus Reform by phone that Bremmer is currently employed by NYU. NYU's website also hosts his faculty bio, which states that Bremmer "is a Global Research Professor at NYU." After the initial publication of this article, an NYU spokeswoman said that Bremmer is not currently employed by NYU and that his affiliation with the school ended in September 2018.
"[Ian Bremmer] now admits that he MADE UP 'a completely ludicrous quote,' attributing it to me. This is what’s going on in the age of Fake News. People think they can say anything and get away with it. Really, the libel laws should be changed to hold Fake News Media accountable!" Trump tweeted early Monday morning.
.@ianbremmer now admits that he MADE UP “a completely ludicrous quote,” attributing it to me. This is what’s going on in the age of Fake News. People think they can say anything and get away with it. Really, the libel laws should be changed to hold Fake News Media accountable!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2019
The president's response came just hours after Bremmer attributed a false quote to "President Trump in Tokyo."
"Kim Jong Un is smarter and would make a better president than Sleepy Joe Biden," Bremmer falsely claimed the president said.
Trump did, however, tweet the following: "North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me. I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me, & also smiled when he called Swampman Joe Biden a low IQ individual, & worse. Perhaps that's sending me a signal?"
Bremmer tried to downplay misquoting the president after receiving some backlash.
“This is objectively a completely ludicrous quote," Bremmer wrote in a later tweet, according to Fox News. "And yet kinda plausible. Especially on Twitter, where people automatically support whatever political position they have. That's the point."
That tweet, along with the original one, appear to have now been deleted from Bremmer's account.
The only reference to the false quote that is now on Bremmer's timeline contains an apology: "My tweet yesterday about Trump preferring Kim Jong Un to Biden as President was meant in jest. The President correctly quoted me as saying it was a 'completely ludicrous' statement. I should have been clearer. My apologies."