President Donald Trump and his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong Un attended the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony in South Korea on Friday in an effort to build peace between the two nations.
Well, two impersonators of the world leaders did at least.
According to spectators inside the Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang, two men who bore striking resemblances to Trump and Kim posed for photographs and high-fived each other after they were spotted standing side-by-side at the Games' official opening.
The two made their way to the media area and saluted the crowd, but were eventually escorted out of the stadium, according to Yahoo Sports.
Earlier, the two men had taken a walk around downtown Seoul where they explained to Reuters that the stunt was their bid to encourage dialogue and cooperation between the two world leaders.
"What we'd like to achieve by coming to South Korea, at the Winter Olympics, is to show the world this is what peace can look like when two leaders get along," said the Kim impersonator. "We get along personally, so I believe Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, if they talk, they'd probably get along."
He added: "In my opinion, they're pretty much the same people...Dennis Rodman has confirmed this, OK, and he has met both of them."
He continued (in an accent that did not sound particularly North Korean): “So let’s start talking and stop with all the missiles and everything else. We want peace, everybody wants peace, nobody wants war.”
"Kim" was revealed to be a Hong Kong–based professional impersonator named Howard, while Trump was played by 67-year-old American musician Dennis Alan, The Daily Telegraph reported. The pair have previously appeared together in Hong Kong with a President Obama look-alike.
The actual Trump and Kim are not as friendly in real life. Trump has threatened to take military action on the country for its nuclear testing and has called the North Korean dictator “Little Rocket Man.” In January, Trump tweeted that his “nuclear button” was much bigger and more powerful” than Kim’s.
“North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!” Trump tweeted.
“I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un,” Trump said. “I have relationships with people. I think you people are surprised.”
However, Trump said he was misquoted later and claimed he had said “I’d probably” instead of “I probably.”