Hanoi: US president Donald Trump unleashed a twitter storm from his Asia tour no Sunday, slamming 'haters and fools' playing politics with US-Russia ties and declaring that he would never describe North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un as 'short and fat.'
Currently on the Vietnam leg of a five-nation sweep through the region, the US president, who has been relatively quiet on Twitter since leaving Washington, put out half-a- dozen tweets in quick succession ahead of his official welcoming ceremony in Hanoi.
The missives covered a range of subjects from Trump's relations with Russian president Vladimir Putin, China's efforts to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme, and a sarcastic tweet about his efforts to make 'a friend' of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
Trump tweeted on North Korea and its nuclear weapons ambitions that have been a dominant theme on each leg of his Asia tour.
Taking exception to descriptions by North Korean officials and state media of him as an 'old' man, Trump declared himself disappointed by what he took to be a personal attack from the North's young leader.
"Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me 'old,' when I would NEVER call him short and fat?" Trump said.
"Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!" he added.
North Korea is extremely sensitive to any remarks - even if not meant seriously - that it sees as disrespectful of the country' ruling Kim dynasty, whose members are revered as near deities.
Since becoming president, Trump has engaged in an escalating war of words with Kim, trading personal insults and threats of military strikes and raising concerns about an outbreak of hostilities.
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