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Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un finally find a shared interest - big trucks

Despite back and forth insults, perhaps the two leaders have more in common than they realise

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 16 November, 2017, 11:54am
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 November, 2017, 12:03pm

After a year of trading insults with Kim Jong-un, Trump recently seemed pained by his tense relationship with the North Korean leader.

“I try so hard to be his friend,” tweeted Trump, seemingly oblivious that his use of mocking nicknames like “little rocket man”and threats to “totally destroy” North Korea may have left Kim less inclined to be Trump’s pal. On balance, Kim’s no better.

He called Trump a “mentally deranged dotard” and worse still, “old”.

But perhaps the two leaders have more in common than they realise.

State media photos released on Wednesday showed a gleeful-looking Kim climbing into the cab at a tractor factory in Pyongyang – just as Trump did when truckers visited the White House in March.

So can the pair’s shared enjoyment of large machinery bring them together?

Probably not. A recent editorial in North Korean state media deemed the president a “hideous criminal” and sentenced him to death. It’s hard to come back from that.

Still, there’s always Russian leader Vladimir Putin.