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Dress rehearsals: Trump and Kim lookalikes held their summit

Sheetal Sukhija - Monday 11th June, 2018

SINGAPORE - Before the real thing, that is sure to feature less smiles and more serious talk, impersonators of the U.S. President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held their own private summit in Singapore.

On Saturday, hundreds of Singaporeans were amused after the lookalikes of the two leaders showed up at a downtown mall for their ‘real’ Trump-Kim summit. 

Onlookers watched the promotional event in awe, where Hong Kong-based impersonator Howard X, who has attracted worldwide attention in recent months for his impression of Kim Jong Un, appeared on stage with Trump lookalike Dennis Alan.

Howard X was dressed in the typical black Mao-style suit and had a North Korean flag pin and thick-rimmed glasses.

He even sported a similar slicked back hairstyle as the North Korean leader.

The 64-year-old from Chicago, Dennis Alan meanwhile was clad in a navy suit and a typical Trump-style red tie with an American flag pin.

He completed the look with his blond hair parted to the side.

The men walked through the crowded Bugis Junction mall on Saturday, waving at and shaking hands with shoppers.

The duo even embraced on stage, as shoppers pulled out their phones to capture the rare incident, which, in all probability won’t happen when the real Trump and Kim Jong Un meet in Singapore for their historic summit on Tuesday.

The event was held amid tight restrictions and security, even then, the two impersonators allowed people to click selfies with them - but at the cost of $11.

As dozens of shoppers lined up for their turn to snap a picture with him, Howard X said, "Thank you for all the donations you have been making to North Korea, well, me. I really really appreciate it, because we are really cash-strapped.”

According to local reports, the duo have also tied up with some local businesses and are now set to make an appearance at a seafood restaurant.

However, in keeping with the real-life leaders they impersonate - the fake Kim Jong Un and Trump shared their own set of controversies too.

Howard X hit headlines on Friday the moment he arrived at the city-state’s Changi Airport, after e was held for questioning for over two hours, by an immigration officer.

This is however, not the first time the duo drew eyeballs during a key Korean moment this year.

Previously, the Kim Jong Un impersonator made a controversial appearance at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea with the same Trump lookalike.

However, Howard was escorted out by security officials after crashing the event and waving and dancing in front of North Korea's cheerleaders.

He even raked up controversy after filming videos outside the U.S. consulate in Hong Kong.

The meet-the-fan session at Bugis Junction was held ahead of the historic meeting, which is scheduled to be held between the two leaders on June 12.

A global Singapore-based start-up called Vybes organized the summit at the shopping mall.

The company has said that its mission is to "connect influencers to their fans in a unique way."

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