Trump and Kim fakes thank Olympics for kind welcome

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In this Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, photo, costume players dressed as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and US President Donald Trump, right, pose as they wait to attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (AP)
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In this Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, photo, costume players dressed as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and US President Donald Trump, right, leave after attending the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (AP)
Updated 10 February 2018

Trump and Kim fakes thank Olympics for kind welcome

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: Lookalikes of Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un who caused a stir at Friday’s Pyeongchang Olympics opening ceremony have thanked organizers for their tender loving care.
The feuding ‘world leaders’ sparked excitement when they infiltrated the press area before being tackled by security.
But the Kim impersonator, who goes by the stage name of Howard X, insisted they had not been ejected from the stadium, merely escorted back to their correct seats.
“We tried to sneak into the media section so we could wave to the athletes,” he told AFP on Saturday.
“They didn’t kick us out, we had tickets. A bunch of journalists were chasing us so security took us outside so we could get to our seats,” the fake Kim added.
“They were very professional and just doing their jobs. They even provided us with an entourage, so we looked like the real thing and it caused even more of a commotion.”
Local organizers insisted normal protocol had been followed.
“There was no problem with their costumes but they entered the media seats with a regular ticket,” they said. “We just guided out those who have entered the media seats by mistake.”
Fake Kim admitted that he and Trump substitute Dennis Alan had failed to get close enough to interact with athletes, including the two Koreas who marched together behind the blue-and-white unification flag.
They were also not able to get close to the VIP area, where US Vice President Mike Pence and the real Kim’s sister Kim Yo Jong were in attendance.
But the imposters were given a warm reception by stunned onlookers, according to Howard.
“People told us it was really funny,” he said. “Even the security guards were asking for selfies.”


Italy’s Salvini drops Nutella due to Turkish ingredients

Updated 06 December 2019

Italy’s Salvini drops Nutella due to Turkish ingredients

  • Matteo Salvini: I found out that Nutella uses Turkish nuts and I prefer to help companies that use Italian products
  • Ferrero is one of the world’s bigger buyers of hazelnuts, but Italian production is not enough to sustain Nutella’s manufacturing

ROME: Italy’s right-wing opposition leader, Matteo Salvini, says he is no longer a fan of Nutella after discovering that the chocolate-and-hazelnut spread contains Turkish, rather than Italian, nuts.
Salvini, who heads the nationalist League, has previously posted selfies on social media while enjoying slices of bread covered in Nutella, which is made by Italian company Ferrero.
But at a rally Thursday evening in the northern city of Ravenna, Salvini said he had changed his mind about the product.
“I found out that Nutella uses Turkish nuts and I prefer to help companies that use Italian products. I prefer to eat Italian and help Italian farmers,” he said after a woman in the crowd suggested he eat a Nutella sandwhich to stay warm.
Ferrero had no comment. The Alba, Italy-based company is one of the world’s bigger buyers of hazelnuts, but Italian production is not enough to sustain Nutella’s manufacturing.
Salvini’s League is known for its “Italians first” motto and its defense of Made in Italy products.