Dear Gentlemen & Ladies of the Press,
It has been brought to my attention that a number of fake news items with my photo and fake voice recordings of me making political utterances are circulating on social media.
I want the public to beware of such fake news items. They are being put out by politically motivated people with malicious intent.
It is the 2019 political season and such people are desperate to destroy and distract for power.
I want to state categorically, as I have always done, that I will not be distracted from the focused international assignments I am engaged with.