Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump trades 'short and fat' barb with N Korea's Kim

Trump trades 'short and fat' barb with N Korea's Kim

He also exchanged playground taunts with North Korea's Kim Jong Un. As North Korea has been an important focal point for this trip, the rogue regime has been spewing vitriol on the regular.

Mr Trump will travel to Manila later on Sunday for the final stop on his Asia tour, before flying back to the US.

Also on the trip, Mr Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin several times on the margins of a summit in Vietnam.

U.S. president Donald Trump has insisted that by calling him old, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had insulted him, adding that he would never stoop to the same level by calling Kim "short and fat".

The US President said he considers President Vladimir Putin's denials honest, dismissed former US intelligence officials as "political hacks" and accused Democrats of trying to sabotage relations between the two countries.

Utilising Twitter's new 280-character tweet length Mr Trump gave his thoughts on a range of subjects, from relations with Russia, China's efforts to rein in North Korea, and a sarcastic message about his bid to make "a friend" of Kim.

The outburst came as Trump nears the tail end of his sweep through Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines that has seen him rail against the North's nuclear ambitions and deliver his "America First" vision of global trade.

In a tweet sent on Sunday from Hanoi, Mr Trump bashed the "haters and fools" he said are questioning his efforts to improve relations with Russian Federation and accused critics of "playing politics" and hurting the country.

A statement from the puppet media service said: "They have to experience all sorts of sufferings, with their sovereignty usurped and vital rights cruelly violated".

Tensions over North Korea's weapons programme have surged in recent months, as Pyongyang carried out a sixth nuclear test - by far its largest to date - and test fired dozens of missiles, some capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.

"Having a good relationship with Russia's a great, great thing".

Trump took an ambivalent stance over the weekend as he told reporters in Vietnam that he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin's denials of meddling but also stands with the United States intelligence agencies.

"He acknowledged that war can not be promoted by anybody, it would only mean destruction for all of us", Mr Duterte told reporters after flying back to Manila.

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