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Pettersen: Me calling Trump a cheater is #fakenews

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Suzann Pettersen responded to a story in a Norweigian newspaper, which quoted her as saying President Donald Trump cheated at golf, as "#fakenews".

The article, which was sourced by several U.S. outlets, quoted Pettersen as saying, “He cheats like hell. ... So I don’t know how he is in business. They say if you cheat at golf, you cheat at business.

"I’m pretty sure he pays his caddie well, since no matter how far into the woods he hits the ball, it’s in the middle of the fairway when we get there."

Pettersen initially sent out a tweet denouncing the article: "Sometimes you do interviews and media will twist whatever word/ saying to make a headline! It’s shocking to see... this is what I would call #fakenews. Why would I call someone a cheat.... never!"

She deleted that tweet and then posted longer sentiments on Facebook:

Over the last few days, the media has quoted me that I said President Trump "cheats in golf." Not true at all and this has been taken WAY out of context from a long interview I did last week with a Norwegian media outlet. With a big smile on my face what I said was that he most likely paid his caddy well because every time he found his ball it was in the fairway. The way this has been requoted by many other media outlets is NOT correct and not a fair account of the original interview. I surely hope journalists that requote things like this in the future will read the full story and not just read headlines. Things always seem to come out the wrong way and what’s sad is that this was a very positive interview. To me it seems like the media enjoys twisting things for their readers and viewers. Another lesson learned. I’m sorry for Mr. Trump who I have known many years, who loves the game, and who I consider a friend!

In an email to Golf.com, the reporter for the original article, Robert Simso, wrote: "We of course stand by all the quotes in the story. I always use a tape recorder in interviews, and this time was no exception."