Trump calls Kim Jong-un 'short and fat'

From BBC - November 11, 2017

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 am 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.

China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei all have competing claims to territory in the South China Sea.

"If I can help mediate or arbitrate, please let me know," Mr Trump told his Vietnamese counterpart, Tran Dai Quang.

Ahead of the Hanoi meeting, Mr Trump had fired off 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 described the president as 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!"

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.


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