Asked if he had spoken with Kim, Trump was evasive: "I'm not saying I have or haven't". In the Wall Street Journal version, Trump and Kim are friendly.
The difference is no small matter.
In an article published on Thursday, the Journal reported that Trump signaled openness to diplomacy with North Korea, going so far as to say, "I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un".
"I've been talking about the seriousness of this threat for years, since I came here to Congress", she said.
After Kim asserted that he had a nuclear button at the ready, Trump last week dismissed the taunt by saying in a tweet that the U.S. button at his disposal was bigger and more powerful.
At the same time, USA troops are reportedly training in the kind of tunnel warfare - and buying the specific kinds of gear - necessary to wage war in North Korea. "They just wanted a story".
Two minutes later, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also tweeted audio footage: "Here is the official audio showing WSJ misquoting @POTUS".
The president's remarks attracted criticism from lawmakers, politicians on both sides of the aisle, and the media.
The Journal said it agreed with the White House before the interview that audiotape taken by administration officials and reporters would be used for "transcription purposes only".
Mockingly mimicking the newspaper's front page, it then reads: "THE WALL STREET JOURNAL - FAKE NEWS IS AT IT AGAIN!" Fortunately, we now record conversations with reporters.And they knew exactly what I said and meant.
"By conducting different military actions, one of the objectives that the USA might have is to drive a wedge between political leaders and military leaders inside North Korea", he added.
"I have relationships with people, I think you people are surprised", he said.
Haley said should be clear that the United States will not reduce pressure on Kim.
"Nuclear attack is not a game", Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard said to ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" Sunday.