President Donald Trump took a shot at North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un while Trump was in Vietnam at the APEC Summit.
Earlier in the week, Kim had referred to Trump as an ‘old lunatic,’ accusing him of trying to undermine North Korea’s position in the world.
“Reckless remarks by an old lunatic like Trump will never scare us or stop our advance,” the North’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “On the contrary, all this makes us more sure that our choice to promote economic construction at the same time as building up our nuclear force is all the more righteous, and it pushes us to speed up the effort to complete our nuclear force.”
Trump didn’t let too much grass grow under his feet before responding, taking the opportunity at the summit, to playfully mock Kim.
In a response to North Korea calling Trump’s speech in South Korea “reckless remarks by an old lunatic,” Trump tweeted from Hanoi on Sunday morning: “Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’”
Trump goes on to say sarcastically, “Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend — and maybe someday that will happen!”
Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me "old," when I would NEVER call him "short and fat?" Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2017
Liberals were, of course, apoplectic predicting the mockery would cause ‘World War III.’
I was convinced that the Trump 'short and fat' tweet was a fake. No, just checked his account, he actually tweeted this. I didn't think I could feel sadder and more scared for the world, but now I do.
— Barry Brett-McStay (@bazmcstay) November 12, 2017
"Reading a history book in 2075*
"Cause of WW1: Assassination of Franz Ferdinand"
"Cause of WW2: rise of Italian fascism, rise of Hitler in Germany"
"Cause of WW3: Trump calls Kim Jong-un 'fat and short' in a tweet" pic.twitter.com/MtQ6VxIIkC
— Wane Shages (@ShaneRages) November 12, 2017
With the "short and fat" tweet, it's time to #25thAmendment Trump. He needs to go before our west coast is smoking ash.
— BlueYarnBlueHighways (@blue_yarn) November 12, 2017
Others had a great time and laughed at the obvious sarcasm.
Trump's tweet was hilarious. You guys are so blinded by your hatred of Trump that you dial it up to 11 with fury even when he pokes fun at "short and fat" Kim Jong-Un. https://t.co/qfVX82zlkq
— Jaqen H'ghar (@RealFacelessMan) November 12, 2017
The Trump "short and fat" tweet is just awesome but now I want more! I want Trump to crack a joke about Kim Jung Un's haircut too! 😄
— Adorable Deplorable (@OliMauritania) November 12, 2017
I don’t think you appreciate just how brilliant this tweet was. You’re looking at it from the wrong angle.
Trump just called their "god" short and fat. And he SHOULD HAVE thrown in "goofy schoolboy bowl-cut hair".
— Lonny Eachus (@eachus) November 12, 2017
But in all seriousness, Trump warned Kim.
Trump has been working to rally global pressure against North Korea’s nuclear weapons program on a trip to Asia. That includes a stern speech delivered in South Korea’s National Assembly on Tuesday, in which he said: “Do not underestimate us. And do not try us. … The weapons you’re acquiring are not making you safer, they are putting your regime in grave danger. Every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face.”
All this pressure may be having an effect.
Kim has not tested any of its missiles since September 15.
Trump may have made Kim hesitant.
Trump did not rule out the possibility that someday North Korea could be a friend, deeming it ‘strange’ but saying that it would be “very, very nice if it did.”
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama.]