White House pushes back over Trump North Korea quote

US President Donald Trump. (AFP/Nicholas Kamm)
Updated 14 January 2018
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White House pushes back over Trump North Korea quote

WASHINGTON: The White House on Saturday denied and corrected a quote attributed to President Donald Trump that suggested he had a good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
“I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-Un,” Trump was quoted as telling The Wall Street Journal in an interview on Thursday.
But Press Secretary Sarah Sanders insisted that Trump said “I’d,” not “I” as the newspaper reported.
Both The Wall Street Journal and the White House posted audio recordings of Trump’s remarks on Twitter. These, while not completely clear, appeared to support Sanders’ account.
Sanders had earlier tweeted a written message disputing the newspaper’s article.
“President Trump said, I’D probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un of North Korea. I’D — I’D — I’D. NOT I!” the message read, with “I’D” in red ink, under a red banner reading “FAKE NEWS.”
Mockingly mimicking the newspaper’s front page, it then reads “THE WALL STREET JOURNAL — FAKE NEWS IS AT IT AGAIN! — FALSELY QUOTING PRESIDENT TRUMP.”
Washington and Pyongyang are in a standoff over North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs, which could be used to target the United States and its allies.
Trump has repeatedly insulted the North Korean leader, describing him as mad and a “rocket man.”
Asked if by The Wall Street Journal if he had spoken to Kim, Trump said: “I don’t want to comment on it. I’m not saying I have or haven’t. I just don’t want to comment.”
Trump suggested his variable position on individuals was part of a broader strategy.
But it was not clear how his remarks fitted with his self-described policy of “maximum pressure” on Pyongyang.
In the coming week the United States and Canada are to host a meeting in Vancouver on the nuclear standoff with North Korea, bringing together friendly powers from around the world.


Facebook to double office presence in London

Updated 14 min 7 sec ago
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Facebook to double office presence in London

  • The announcement represents a vote of confidence in Britain at a time of uncertainty caused by its expected exit from the European Union next spring
  • Steve Hatch, managing director for Northern Europe, said Facebook had developed many of its significant products

LONDON: Facebook said on Monday it would double its presence in London, acquiring nearly 600,000 square feet (56,000 square meters) of office space across two buildings in King’s Cross — enough for more than 6,000 workstations.
The social network did not say how many jobs it would add in the British capital, where it expects to employ 2,300 people by the end of this year. It added 800 jobs in London last year.
Steve Hatch, managing director for Northern Europe, said Facebook had developed many of its significant products — including its Workplace collaboration and apps for its Oculus virtual reality headsets — in London.
“Today’s news reflects our commitment to the UK and our desire to grow our business and the UK economy,” he said in a statement.
The announcement represents a vote of confidence in Britain at a time of uncertainty caused by its expected exit from the European Union next spring. Failure to agree terms could trigger a ‘hard Brexit’, potentially hitting growth and jobs.