A Kim Jong-un impersonator was deported from Vietnam because the North Korean leader was meeting Donald Trump there, he has claimed.
The doppelgänger, known only as Howard X, believes North Korean officials had him booted out of the country on Monday morning after seeing his previous antics.
Howard told Mirror Online he had a long record of “annoying” Kim’s government.
He said: “I’ve heard, unofficially, that this came from the top (officials) and it’s the North Korean Embassy who requested the Vietnamese to kick me out and to do something about me.”
He explained that the North Korea officials got “p****d off” as he fooled the North Korean cheerleading squad at Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang last year.
He added: “I also made a viral music video mocking Kim Jong-un making love to a bomb and protested at the embassy, and they really hate that.”
The professional impersonator also said the Vietnamese officials “apologised for kicking him out of the country”.
“They kept apologising, saying that ‘please come back to Vietnam, we would love to have you, just come back after the summit’,” said Howard.
“After the interrogation, all the immigration officers were taking selfies and pictures with us, that’s really funny.”
Howard obtained a visa on arrival with a letter with sponsorship issued by a travel agency at the airport.
He met a Donald Trump lookalike, Russell White, and later made their first public appearance on the streets of Hanoi on February 21.
“We went to a few tourist sites, like the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, the opera house, the Hoàn Kiếm lake and that was the whole point of the trip,” he told Mirror Online.
The pair then held a mock meeting at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel, where the real leaders will hold the summit, but soon were taken away by immigration officers for an interrogation.
Howard was asked to present his passports and visa documents during the interrogation.
He was told the visa was invalid and he had to leave the country.
“They said that the travel agency was supposed to accompany me 24 hours a day and have an itinerary to take me everywhere, which is totally bu*****t,” he said.
“The next day, the immigration officers found a lady who was responsible for my visa and they forced her to sign a statement agreeing that there had been some sort of mistake (on issuing the visa), therefore they can cancel it.”
Howard was given two days to pack before flying out of the country on Monday, February 25.
He said the ticket was fully paid by the Vietnamese government and he was accompanied by plain-clothes police wherever he went.
Howard also told how he felt honoured the government considered impersonators important enough to spend resources “keeping tabs on them”.
Howard took the plane from Hanoi and arrived in Singapore at 3pm on Monday.
“This thing (deportation) is so stupid because it makes the country looks really bad, it’s bad for publicity for the government,” said Howard as he stayed his first night in Singapore.
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