Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump impersonators staged a meetup in Vietnam. But, both were arrested afterward.
The two impersonators were held for questioning by Vietnamese police after they appeared in Hanoi, where the US and North Korean leaders will meet next week for a second summit.
Kim impersonator Howard X and Donald Trump lookalike Russell White staged a ‘meeting’ in downtown Hanoi Friday, February 22, ahead of a second summit between the real Trump and Kim on February 27-28 in the Vietnamese capital.
During the staged meeting of the two impersonators, about ten police officers showed up at a local TV station where the two were giving an interview.
Authorities told the two comedians to stop making media appearances or risk being deported.
“They basically said stop doing the impersonation, or we will kick you out of the country,” Howard X told AFP after he was released from questioning and back at his hotel.
He also believes that authorities in everyday clothing are monitoring his every move.
The police told the pair they could only travel around the city with an approved itinerary and travel guide.
Unfazed with the threats from Vietnamese police, Howard X, a Hong Kong resident, insisted that his stay in Vietnam is legal and he will not leave the country unless he is forced to do so – by deportation.
To add believability, the pair appeared with security guards at Hanoi’s Metropole Hotel and Opera House, where the media swarmed them.
According to Trump impersonator, White, the two comedians came with an intention to scale down North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.
“We’re working toward peace. Through negotiations, with dialogue, we want to help North Korea of course,” he said, wearing heavy bronzer and with freshly gelled hair.
Howard X even jokingly said that his partner might need to look past Pyongyang’s nuclear intentions in order to meet eye-to-eye.
“Hopefully he can overlook all my nuclear missiles and lift the sanctions,” said Howard X, who also visited Singapore ahead of the leaders’ meeting last year.
According to their itinerary, the impersonators planned to visit a massage parlor, play a round of golf and maybe try some of Hanoi’s specialty food. /apr