President Donald Trump set Twitter ablaze Saturday evening with a tweet trolling North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-Un.
What did he say?
“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!” Trump said.
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
The tweet came as Trump was spending his last few hours in Vietnam. He has spent more than a week out of the country on a tour of southern Asia. North Korea hasn’t been thrilled with the trip, as Trump has urged many of the area’s leaders to cut off economic trading with North Korea and has asked them to pressure Kim Jong-Un to give up his nuclear weapons.
“His current trip to our surrounding region is a warmonger’s visit for confrontation to rid the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) of its self-defensive nuclear deterrence,” the North Korean foreign ministry said earlier in the week. Kim also described Trump as a “lunatic old man,” according to USA Today.
What was the reaction?
So far, the tweet has received more than 150,000 retweets, 320,000 “likes,” and more than 90,000 responses, high numbers for a Trump tweet. Some were outraged by the tweet, while others thought it was funny.
Ok this is hilarious https://t.co/IZVds6Lj2f
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 12, 2017
If Trump & Kim Jong-un met in person they would literally walk around each other in circles saying "come at me, bro" and then never do anything. https://t.co/E6AYb2lKp8
— Ben (@BenHowe) November 12, 2017
I had to get from my phone to laptop to confirm … holy crap, not a parody account https://t.co/eDaGAi4l6z
— David Frum (@davidfrum) November 12, 2017
Did I drop acid by mistake and whatnot? https://t.co/nKu3AS59LY
— George Wallace (@MrGeorgeWallace) November 12, 2017
As hilarious as this tweet is, remember it's still just a deliberate distraction. He's not as stupid as he seems. https://t.co/4YXN7L5aD3
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) November 12, 2017
wait .. is this real life? https://t.co/06PYDK51ME
— diplo (@diplo) November 12, 2017
The thing to note is that this tweet is in his top 95% by number of likes. There are people who /love/ this. https://t.co/n1dC6abCu0
— Hank Green (@hankgreen) November 12, 2017
International diplomacy. It's like recess, but with nuclear weapons. https://t.co/KvrgBj3gch
— Susan Delacourt (@SusanDelacourt) November 12, 2017
Is this real? Somebody hijacked his Twitter account? What adult talks like this?
— shawn taylor (@satesq) November 12, 2017
I… I just… did you just have a stroke or something?
— Joey Ferrito (@JosephJFerrito) November 12, 2017
Translation: Maybe Kim Jong-un and I will have a nuclear war. Or maybe we'll play golf. https://t.co/QzrCtVyjEK
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) November 12, 2017
This is probably one of the best tweets by Donald Trump. https://t.co/LRwwQfi1sf
— James Brower 🍦🍦 (@jbro_1776) November 12, 2017
Real Housewives of Nuclear Winter https://t.co/g8O4wthd98
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) November 12, 2017
Backhanded insults are the best ones. https://t.co/l6HpIfXbMN
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) November 12, 2017
This is a rare combination of abrasive, stupid and thirsty. https://t.co/aAqJgk8c54
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) November 12, 2017