Kim Jong Un’s impersonator Russell White was arrested by the police last m week,after he was planning to stage a fake summit on the steps of Hanoi’s Opera House amid a swarm of press and hired security guards.
The real Trump and Kim will meet for a summit in Hanoi on February 27-28 to build on their first meeting in June in Singapore which failed to produce any concrete moves to dismantle Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal.
Russell White, was questioned by Hanoi police on Friday and informed he would be put on a plane back to Hong Kong where he lives.
The impersonator was told by Vietnamese immigration officials his visa was “invalid”, but said he received no further explanation.
He told newsmen; “The real reason is i was born with a face looking like Kim Jong Un, that’s the real crime.”
White will be permitted to stay in the city but has been asked to stop appearing in costume in public.
The Trump doppelganger has been stopped on his Hanoi walkabouts by locals and tourists eager to snap a selfie with “The Donald”.
Howard X said he thought he was being deported because the real Kim “has no sense of humour”.
His plane ticket back to Hong Kong would also be cheaper for Vietnamese authorities than a flight for White back to his native Canada, he added.
“Satire is a powerful weapon against any dictatorship. They are scared of a couple of guys that look like the real thing,” said Howard X, wearing a signature Mao-style black suit and thick black glasses.
Vietnam is hastily preparing for this week’s Kim-Trump summit, deploying security personnel across the city, where hotels and government buildings are getting last-minute facelifts ahead of the meeting.