The Dalai Lama impersonates Donald Trump

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Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama gestures as he arrives to give a public religious lecture to the faithful in Strasbourg, France, September 17, 2016. Reuters/Vincent Kessler

The Dalai Lama is known for his wisdom and opinion on various issues, but he also knows when he needs to keep his lips closed on certain things. He does, however, have a few things to say about US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Tenzin Gyazo, who is the 14th and current Dalai Lama, was interviewed by Piers Morgan on “Good Morning Britain” on Wednesday. The former tabloid editor and CNN anchor discussed various topics with the Dalai Lama, which included the current US presidential elections.

“Donald Trump is a very controversial character,” Morgan stated, before asking if the Dalai Lama had met him before. “I don’t know,” he answered, and he continued to make a hilarious impersonation of the real estate mogul.

The 81-year-old gently placed his hands over his forehead to mimic Trump’s hair and gestured mouth movements with his fingers. “His mouth [is] small,” the Dalai Lama said. “That’s my impression.”

Morgan could not help but laugh, as the Dalai Lama continued to state that he has no opinion on Trump because the two have never met each other.

This was not the first time that the living Buddha was asked for his thoughts on the current US elections. Earlier this year, he spoke to Dan Harris of ABC News, who also asked what he thought of the controversial character.

“I’m just curious if you have any views  on the presidential candidate in this country who is making the most noise, Donald Trump” Harris asked.

“Well, that’s your business,” the Dalai Lama answered. “But sometimes I feel, [there is] too much personal criticism. A serious discussion about policy matters is useful. But sometimes a little bit [of] personal criticism -- that looks a little bit cheap. That’s my view.”

Both times, the spiritual leader was careful not to disclose any real opinion on Donald Trump himself, both at a personal and political level.