North Korea fired a second mid-range ballistic missile over Japan on Friday, just weeks after the nation reportedly conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date. In response, the U.S. and South Korean military staged bombing drills, while Russia and China began naval exercises.
Earlier in the week, the U.N. Security Council had imposed new sanctions on the country, capping fuel supply, and reportedly sending gas prices in the country soaring. Which provides context to President Donald Trump's tweet about the test, in which he calls Kim Jong Un, who some view as the biggest threat to the free world, the "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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 17, 2017
President Donald Trump is, assumably, referencing the 1972 Elton John classic. Twitter was just as confused as we are, though.
You should have seen the long gas lines here in Fort Myers, Florida after Hurricane Irma. Too bad you don't really care about us!— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) September 17, 2017
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA— LABOR OG (@Alt_Labor_Me) September 17, 2017
Though Trump did seem to have some support.
Thank you Mr. President. You're already changing the country for the better. Can't see that? You're blinded by fake news.— lana del fenty (@glamourizes) September 17, 2017
What an age we live in.