Donald Trump has been likened to Benny Hill after footage of his awkward salute with a military officer was broadcast on North Korean state telelevision.
Trump was being introduced to members of Kim Jong-un’s diplomatic delegation in Singapore earlier this week when he was greeted by a senior North Korean military commander.
The US president appears to have been momentarily caught off guard when the man did not immediately shake his hand, but saluted him instead.
The US president shows impeccable manners as he returns a swift salute.
The brief encounter was shown on North Korean state broadcaster KRT as part of a 42-minute about the historic summit between Trump and Kim.
Media in North Korea is tightly controlled and makes the broadcast of Trump’s greeting highly unusual – and may indicate that Pyongyang believes the salute to be a propaganda coup.
Users on social media have blasted the president for his unusual breach of diplomatic protocol.
Pamela Kruger wrote on Twitter Best propaganda tool ever.
While Gary Wright said Bumbling Fool. He’s a bit Benny Hill
Another said that Trump seemed to be a natural at slapstick comedy.
Pundits are sceptical whether the deal drawn up by Trump and Kim during will be followed – with some claiming that the meeting simply legitimises North Korea’s brutal and oppressive regime.
Cristina Varriale, an analyst at Rusi Think Tank, said the Kim emerged with the better deal following the meeting.
She said A face-to-face meeting with an American President is a huge propaganda coup for Mr Kim and the summit could be seen as rewarding their rush to develop nuclear weapons.
The North Korean regime is brutal and by smiling and shaking hands with their leaders you give them something which will be played on TV endlessly at home.
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