In response to North Korea’s repeated nuclear tests, the United Nations Security Council recently adopted a resolution to impose new sanctions on the country. The purpose of these sanctions is to put a cap on North Korea’s oil imports, ban textile exports, put an end to additional overseas labor contracts, suppress smuggling efforts, stop joint ventures with other countries, and sanction designated North Korean government entities.
On Sunday morning, Trump tried to brag about how effective the sanctions against North Korea have been since the resolution was adopted on Monday. However, his comments on the sanctions were drowned out by his decision to give North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a new nickname: “Rocket Man.”
‘I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night. Asked him how Rocket Man is doing. Long gas lines forming in North Korea. Too bad!’
Many people who responded to the president’s tweet were quick to realize that “Rocket Man” is also the name of a popular Elton John song, and they weren’t particularly pleased with Trump using the song title as a nickname for the North Korean dictator. Some of the best comments can be seen below.
At the same time that Elton John fans are displeased with Trump, plenty of other Twitter users are just having fun with the president’s new nickname for the North Korean leader. As a result, the hashtag #EltonTrump is quickly gaining popularity.
Clearly, folks on Twitter are having fun with their Rocket Man-themed posts. However, Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, has a different opinion on the matter.
McMaster appeared on Fox News’ Fox News Sunday and told host Chris Wallace that this nickname is a new one from the president. However, he also cautioned the American people against laughing at the tweet considering the seriousness of the threat North Korea’s nuclear weapons testing poses to the rest of the world.
‘Of course, that’s where the rockets are coming from — rockets, though, that we ought to probably not laugh too much about because they represent a grave threat to everyone.’
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