The famous impersonator of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and a Donald Trump lookalike were seen in Hanoi, the venue for next week’s second U.S.- North Korea summit, on Friday, capturing public and media attention.
The doppelgangers met up and shook hands in front of the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel on Ngo Quyen Street in the Vietnamese capital in the afternoon, five days ahead of the second U.S.- North Korea summit in Hanoi.
The professional lookalike of the North Korean leader is Australian Howard X, whereas the Donald Trump doppelganger is Russell White from Canada.
The impersonators, donning typical costumes of the high-profile leaders, hired their own bodyguards and acted as if they were the real versions.
After taking questions from the press, the two quickly left the hotel for the Hanoi Opera House.
The presence of White and Howard X attracted a lot of attention from international media as the real Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump are expected to convene their second summit in Hanoi on February 27 and 28.
Hong Kong-born Howard X, 38, became internationally popular after appearing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, dressing up as the North Korean leader.
The Kim Jong Un lookalike also arrived in Singapore in June 2018 ahead of the first Trump-Kim summit in the city-state.
On that occasion, he also met an impersonator of Donald Trump, but it was Dennis Alan, a 64-year-old man from Chicago, who dressed up as the U.S. president.
Howard X told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that he hoped the two leaders would find a common voice at the upcoming meeting, as they both have similar personalities.
President Trump focuses more on the relationship between people rather than politics, thus they will get along well, Howard X stated.
Preparations for the high-profile summit have been beefed up in Hanoi as the event is less than a week away.
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Tuesday afternoon chaired a meeting to review all preparations for the upcoming summit.
“The fact that Vietnam was chosen to host the second Trump-Kim summit continues to underline our country’s growing international stature, and reflects Vietnam’s active role and contribution in international matters,” Phuc said at the meeting.