Amateur president Donald Trump totally ignored German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s suggestion on Friday that they exchange a handshake. When Trump met with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, the handshake between the two lasted for about 20 seconds. That gesture was not extended to Merkel during the awkward exchange.
Merkel turned toward Trump and asked, “Do you want to have a handshake? The reporters in the room also asked for a handshake between the two. Trump did not respond but appeared to be grimacing.
The Internet noticed that awkward moment.
I can’t imagine a higher honor than being refused a handshake from Donald Trump.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) March 17, 2017
No handshake? Maybe Angela Merkel dodged a bullet here … pic.twitter.com/TmD3UukLoi
— AJ+ (@ajplus) March 17, 2017
A quick handshake seals the deal: US – German relations are now officially on ice. Far worse than anyone could have imagined. Stunning.
— Jasmin Mujanović (@JasminMuj) March 17, 2017
Trump was worried a strong German woman like Angela Merkel might crush his tiny hands. #handshake
— Alt Fed Employee (@Alt_FedEmployee) March 17, 2017
Trump refuses a handshake and gives Merkel the silent treatment. Merkel gives him a look that says “what a baby”.
This man is pathetic. pic.twitter.com/ydKgAi59hx
— Mike Gibbs (@Mikeggibbs) March 17, 2017
The best part of this is Merkel looking at the audience like: “Can you believe this schmuck?”pic.twitter.com/0hcdAA19Na
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) March 17, 2017
The treatment of Angela Merkel by Trump illustrates why any head of state, whether an ally or not, will hesitate to meet with this WH.
— Simar (@sahluwal) March 17, 2017
We’re wondering if Politico’s headline Thursday titled, “The Leader Of The Free World Meets Donald Trump” set him off. Trump isn’t known for treating women well and Merkel is a very powerful woman who is highly regarded. In contrast, Trump is a laughing stock.
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