Showing off a bit of his charm and personality, President Trump cracked a joked about the cameras making he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un look good before they sat down for lunch.
While reporters took photos of Trump, Kim, and their respective entourages filing in for lunch at their historic summit this week, the President paused to make sure everybody got a good shot.
“Getting a good picture, everybody?” he asked. “So we look nice and handsome and thin? Perfect.”
It was a harmless joke – who doesn’t say to somebody taking photos, ‘make me look good,’ – but the look on Kim’s face as a reporter’s camera zoomed in has led the clip to go viral.
Check it out …
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) June 12, 2018
Kim was likely listening to the interpretation of Trump’s comments when he was caught gazing without expression, seemingly unamused.
Reports out of South Korea in 2016 indicated that the North Korean leader binges on food and suffers from insomnia over a constant fear of being assassinated.
So he might be a little sensitive about weight jokes in general, regardless of how harmless it may have been.
Kim’s face just now as Trump says to media, “Getting a good picture, everybody? So we look nice and handsome and thin? Perfect.”
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) June 12, 2018
Naturally, hysterical liberals pounced on the comment as a joke directed at Kim personally (it wasn’t) and a sign of Trump’s lack of statesmanship.
“This didn’t look good at all,” one social media user fretted. “If those comments were translated, Kim looks insulted or confused.”
— Michael Rowland (@mjrowland68) June 12, 2018
The comment wasn’t directed at Kim, however, and was more a bit of self-deprecating humor than anything else. It was a human moment in an incredibly tense situation. President Trump offered Kim humor and humility.
Pool reports also indicate that while Kim may not have been amused at first, he smiled shortly after the translation of Trump’s comments.
per pool, Kim not amused by Trump’s fat joke: “Very nice, getting a good picture everybody so we look nice and handsome and thin?” Pool notes Kim later smiled when he sat down. #trumpkim2018.
— Tara Palmeri (@tarapalmeri) June 12, 2018
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