President Donald Trump liked a bizarre tweet suggesting that his warlike rhetoric toward North Korea is meant to distract from a sex trafficking scandal centered on Trump's now-defunct modeling company.
On Aug. 10, a Twitter user posted the following tweet to the platform:
"Also can you believe THIS?! RAPE … ORGIES … KOREA … TRUMP … WTF?! Korea is a DISTRACTION."
Trump liked the tweet at 10:50 p.m. He then removed it from his likes with no explanation.
Confusing matters further is the fact that the Twitter account that posted the odd tweet appears to be thoroughly anti-Trump.
Moreover, Trump almost never likes tweets. He has liked a total of 13, including this one.
As New York Magazine reports, the thread in which the tweet appeared was pushing a conspiracy theory suggesting that Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin are working together to divert attention from suspicions that Trump's former modeling agency sexually exploited minors.
The situation with North Korea has escalated since reports that the country has successfully developed a nuclear weapon small enough to fit on the head of a missile despite international pressure and crippling economic sanctions. Both Trump and the North Korean government have delivered a series of bellicose statements.
"Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely," Trump tweeted on Aug. 11. "Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!"
On Aug. 8, Trump threatened to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea.
"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States," he told reporters at his golf club in New Jersey, according to CNBC. "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening ... and as I said they will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before."
The North Korean government responded by saying it was "carefully examining" a potential attack on the U.S. territory of Guam.
On Aug. 10, speaking again with reporters at his golf club, Trump suggested that his "fire and fury" remark "wasn't tough enough."
"The people of this country should be very comfortable, and I will tell you this: if North Korea does anything in terms of even thinking about attack, of anybody that we love or we represent or our allies or us, they can be very, very nervous," he said. "Because things will happen to them like they never thought possible."
"Let's see what [Kim Jong-un] does with Guam," the president added. "If he does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody's seen before, what will happen in North Korea."
Sources: New York Magazine, Donald J. Trump/Twitter, CNBC / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Alexander Hamilton/Twitter via New York Daily News, Donald J. Trump/Twitter via New York Magazine