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Donald Trump Awarded Honorary Black Belt In Taekwondo

Jake Massey

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Donald Trump Awarded Honorary Black Belt In Taekwondo

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Kukkiwon_tkd

Donald Trump has been awarded with an honorary black belt in taekwondo.

The former President of the United States was awarded a ninth Dan black belt - the highest level in the martial art.

The 75-year-old was presented with a certificate in Florida on Friday (19 November) by Lee Dong-sup, the president of the taekwondo governing body, Kukkiwon.

Credit: Facebook/Kukkiwon_tkd
Credit: Facebook/Kukkiwon_tkd

According to Kukkiwon, upon receiving the honour, Trump said: "It is my honour to receive Honorary Dan Certificate and I think Taekwondo is magnificent martial art for self-defence.

"I wish to see Kukkiwon Taekwondo Team's demonstration."

Trump added that he would wear the taekwondo suit in Congress if he ever makes it back in the White House, according to South Korean newspaper, Dong-a Ilbo.

Credit: Facebook/Kukkiwon_tkd
Credit: Facebook/Kukkiwon_tkd

The same day, Trump congratulated Kyle Rittenhouse on his acquittal.

The teenager had been charged with homicide, attempted homicide and recklessly endangering safety for killing two men and wounding a third with an AR-style semi-automatic rifle in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last summer.

The jury came back with its verdict after close to three-and-a-half days of deliberation.

In a statement, Trump said: "Congratulations to Kyle Rittenhouse for being found INNOCENT of all charges.

"It's called being found NOT GUILTY - And by the way, if that's not self defence, nothing is!"

Rittenhouse was 17 when he went from his home in Antioch, Illinois, to Kenosha after businesses in the city were ransacked and burned over the shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake, by a white police officer.

Carrying a weapon purchased on his behalf by a friend at a Wisconsin hardware store, he joined other armed citizens in what he said was an effort to protect property and provide medical aid.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

Bystander and drone video captured most of the frenzied chain of events that followed: Rittenhouse killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, then shot protester Anthony Huber, 26 - and also wounded demonstrator Gaige Grosskreutz, now 28.

Prosecutors portrayed Rittenhouse as a 'wannabe soldier' who had gone looking for trouble that night and was responsible for creating a dangerous situation in the first place by pointing his rifle at demonstrators.

But Rittenhouse testified: "I didn't do anything wrong. I defended myself."

Breaking into sobs at one point, he told the jury he opened fire after Rosenbaum chased him and made a grab for his gun. He said he was afraid his rifle was going to be wrestled away and used to kill him.

Following his acquittal, President Joe Biden said: "While the verdict in Kenosha will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken.

"I ran on a promise to bring Americans together, because I believe that what unites us is far greater than what divides us.

"I know that we're not going to heal our country's wounds overnight, but I remain steadfast in my commitment to do everything in my power to ensure that every American is treated equally, with fairness and dignity, under the law."

Topics: SPORT, US News, Donald Trump, Weird

Jake Massey
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