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Pyeongchang Olympics: Trump, Kim impersonators thankful for kind welcome

AFP, PYEONGCHANG, South Korea

People impersonating North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, left, and US President Donald Trump shake hands before the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics opening ceremony in South Korea on Friday.

Photo: Yonhap via AP

Lookalikes of US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un who caused a stir at Friday’s Pyeongchang Olympics opening ceremony yesterday thanked organizers for their tender loving care.

The feuding “world leaders” sparked excitement when they infiltrated the media area before being tackled by security.

However, the Kim impersonator, who goes by the stage name of Howard X, insisted that they had not been ejected from the stadium, merely escorted back to their correct seats.

“We tried to sneak into the media section so we could wave to the athletes,” Howard X said. “They didn’t kick us out, we had tickets. A bunch of journalists were chasing us, so security took us outside so we could get to our seats.”

“They were very professional and just doing their jobs. They even provided us with an entourage, so we looked like the real thing and it caused even more of a commotion,” he added.

Local organizers insisted normal protocol had been followed.

“There was no problem with their costumes, but they entered the media seats with a regular ticket,” organizers said. “We just guided out those who have entered the media seats by mistake.”

The fake Kim admitted that he and Trump substitute Dennis Alan had failed to get close enough to interact with athletes, including those of the two Koreas, who marched together behind the blue-and-white unification flag.

They were also not able to get close to the VIP area, where US Vice President Mike Pence and the real Kim’s sister Kim Yo-jong were in attendance.

However, the impostors were given a warm reception by stunned onlookers, Howard X said.

“People told us it was really funny,” he said. “Even the security guards were asking for selfies.”

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