After he incorporated his favorite nickname,“Rocket Man,” for Kim Jong-Un of North Korea into a speech at the UN General Assembly meeting on Tuesday, President Trump’s advisors are growing increasingly nervous.
They’re concerned that the president, who has a mean streak as well as difficulty remembering people’s names, will lapse more frequently into his extensive shorthand of monikers for foreign heads of state, most of which are off-color, immature, or insulting. All would cause awkward international incidents at a time when President Trump can ill afford additional diplomatic snafus.
One Oval Office insider, who asked not to be identified, compiled a list of the president’s most commonly used sobriquets, presented here in no particular order:
Kim Jong-Un, North Korea — Rocket Man, Commander Kimchi, Buddy Biscuithead (because Koreans are ridiculed for having large, square heads), Doughboy Dog-Breath (when Mr. Trump gets really worked up)
Angela Merkel, Germany — The German Hillary Clinton, Suzi Sour Kraut, Frau Frosty, The Nasty Nazi
Justin Trudeau, Canada: Maple Leech (because Mr. Trump views Canada as reliant on the U.S.), Justin Trudope
Theresa May, England: Lady Churchill, Theresa Teabag (for the Brit’s love of tea), Lady Tea-Rex
Vladimir Putin, Russia — Ras Putin, Vodka Vlad, My Leader, or simply, My Boss
Emmanuel Macron, France —Monsieur Macaroni, Little Bull Frog (the French are known derisively as “frogs”), and The Grave Robber (Macron’s wife is 64, he’s 40)
Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico — Charlie Chalupa, Manuel Labor, Pepe Pinata
Mariano Rajoy, Spain — Senor No-Joy, Juan Valdez (more appropriate for a Colombian, but Mr. Trump can’t tell the difference), Senor Gazpacho, Mariano Rivera (reference to a former NY Yankee relief pitcher who Mr. Trump admires)
Shinzo Abe, Japan — Toyota-San, Emperor Sushi, Harry Kari
Rodrigo Duterte, Philippines — Tailless Monkey, The Mail-Order Madman (the Philippines is a big source of mail-order brides)
Malcolm Turnbull, Australia — Kangarude (because Mr. Turnbull has insulted the president), Skippy (another name for a kangaroo), Malcolm Dingofucker
Alexis Tsipras, Greece — Count Drachma (name of former Greek currency), Sir Souvlaki, Mr. Moussaka
Narendra Modi, India — Sanjay (from The Simpsons), Swami Ghandi, Grandpa Curry-Coon
Michel Temer, Brazil — Papa Papaya, Michel Macaco, Pele (after famous Brazilian soccer player)
Raul Castro, Cuba—Little Fidel, Colonel Cohiba (after famous Cuban cigar brand), Papi Plantain
Sherif Ismail, Egypt — Sheriff Shawarma (after a popular Egyptian meat dish), Nutcase of the Nile, The Sphinx
Yoweri Museveni, Uganda — Not Idi Amin
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey — Shit Kebab, Bad Recep-tion (play on his name and his bad hospitality), My Turkish Bath Boy
Bashar al-Assad, Syria — Pain In My Assad, Bullseye Bashar (because Mr. Trump is proud of having bombed Syria), Bashar Ganoush (play on Arabic dish, baba ganoush)
Leo Varadkar, Ireland — Mr. McButtlicker (Varadkar is a homosexual), The Gay Leprechaun
Mahmoud Abbas, Palestine — Not Yasser Arafat, Hamas Abbas (referring to Palestinian resistance group)
Paolo Gentiloni, Italy — Baloney Gentiloni, Payola Me Something
Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel — Yahu the Jew, Beanie Boy Ben (in reference to his Jewish yarmulke), The Wondering Jew (because Mr. Trump doesn’t think Netanyahu has a clue)
And here are some nicknames that leaders from around the world use in referring to Donald Trump: 50 Commonly-Used, Nasty Nicknames For President Trump
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