Trump calls Kim Jong-un 'short and fat'
Donald Trump launched a Twitter tirade shortly before meeting Vietnam's president Tran Dai Quang
US President Donald Trump has offered Asia his services as a mediator, shortly after tweeting insults. At the start of a meeting in Hanoi with the Vietnamese president, Mr Trump said he could help arbitrate the regional South China Sea dispute, which includes Vietnam and China."I'm a very good mediator and arbitrator," he said. It came shortly after he called North Korea's Kim Jong-un "short and fat" on Twitter.Ahead of the Hanoi meeting, Mr Trump president had fired of a series of angry tweets about his war of words with Kim Jong-un and his relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.On Saturday, North Korea denounced Mr Trump's Asia trip, calling it a "warmonger's visit" and again calling the president a "dotard" - a centuries-old insult for an elderly person.Mr Trump responded by suggesting in a tweet that Mr Kim was "short and fat", and complaining: "Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!"
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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
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The president also tweeted out a short tirade over criticism of his handling of Vladimir Putin. Mr Trump told reporters on Saturday that he trusted the Russian leader's word that Russia had not attempted to interfere with the US election, despite a consensus among US intelligence agencies to the contrary."When will all the haters and fools out there realize that having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing," the president wrote."There [sic] always playing politics - bad for our country. I want to solve North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, terrorism, and Russia can greatly help!" he added.He later clarified, after intense criticism, that he supported US intelligence agencies in their conclusion. "As to whether or not I believe it or not, I'm with our agencies. I believe in our... intelligence agencies," he said."What he believes, he believes," he added, of Mr Putin's belief that Russia did not meddle.
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When will all the haters and fools out there realize that having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing.