Donald Trump awarded black belt in taekwondo and wants to wear it in White House

Donald Trump has been awarded a black belt in taekwondo.

The former President of the United States was handed a ninth Dan black belt – the highest achievable level in the martial art.

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

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

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

The former president also added that he would wear the suit in Congress if he ever made it back to the White House, reported South Korean newspaper, Dong-a Ilbo.

On the same day as receiving the award, Trump congratulated Kyle Rittenhouse on his acquittal from court.

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

The jury came to a verdict after 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!"

The 17-year-old went from his home in Antioch, Illinois to Kenosha after businesses in the city were being raided over the shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake, by a white police officer.

He ventured into the streets with the weapon and joined other armed citizens in what he claims was an effort to protect property.

Footage from the chaos captured Rittenhouse killing Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, then shooting protester Anthony Huber, 26 and then wounding Gaige Grosskreutz, 28.

The 17-year-old was described by proceutors as a "wannabe soldier" looking for trouble that night and claimed he was responsible for creating a dangerous situation.

But Rittenhouse testified that he didn't do anything wrong and that he was defending himself. : "I didn't do anything wrong. I defended myself."

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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."

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