An impersonator of North Korean President Kim Jong Un was hauled from his hotel yesterday ahead of his planned deportation from Vietnam before the real North Korean leader meets United States President Donald Trump in Hanoi later this week.
Trump doppelganger Howard X arrived in town with Trump impersonator Russell White last week, staging a fake summit on the steps of Hanoi’s Opera House amid a swarm of press and hired security guards.
The real Trump and Kim will meet for a summit in Hanoi on Wednesday and Thursday to build on their first meeting in June in Singapore which failed to produce any concrete moves to dismantle Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal.
The Kim lookalike was questioned by Hanoi police on Friday and informed he would be put on a plane back to Hong Kong where he lives. The impersonator was told by Vietnamese immigration officials his visa was “invalid”, but said he received no further explanation.
“The real reason is I was born with a face looking like Kim Jong Un, that’s the real crime,” he told reporters yesterday, getting into a van headed for the airport with three Vietnamese men, not in uniform and who did not identify themselves.