How can a president be so blunt? The answer is Donald trump and his awkward and ungracious attempts. He has been receiving mixed response on social media for almost anything and everything he does. When it comes to his rude response to handshakes by Angela Merkel, it was so awkward.
Last month when the POTUS met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, people all over the world just couldn’t stop talking about Trump’s gesture with the prime minister. So much so that a martial arts academy had taken to YouTube to lend a piece of advice on how to defend oneself if someone uses the infamous “Donald Trump handshake”.
From his “long handshake” with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to “the pull-back handshake” with Judge Neil Gorsuch and the one with vice-president Mike Pence on election night, Trump has been in limelight with his amazing gestures.
And here, he is again in the news where he completely ignored the handshake request of photojournalists.
It happened like, during Merkel’s White House visit, photographers asked the two world leaders to pose for a photograph and shake hands, which is a custom, however, President Trump did not. And the look on Merkel’s face was embarrassing and weird. The Merkel-Trump meeting was supposed to be a fresh start after Merkel has received critics from Republican leader throughout his campaign trail in Germany.
Photographers: Can we get a handshake?
Merkel (to Trump): Do you want to have a handshake?
Trump: *no response*
Merkel: *makes awkward face* pic.twitter.com/ehgpCnWPg7
— David Mack (@davidmackau) March 17, 2017
As photographs and video footage of the White House were circulated online, Netizens had a meltdown. Twitter was flooded with comparisons of his previous actions with other world leaders and also Trump was captioned as “child” president though the leaders later did shake hands in front of the press following a news conference at the White House.
Like he just lost a little league game and is refusing to shake hands with the other team. https://t.co/5UGC3P0Vfz
— Luke O'Neil (@lukeoneil47) March 17, 2017
Merkel's face is the smile every woman makes when she's thinking "What a fucking child". https://t.co/vP8uVQTt53
— Geek Girl Diva (@geekgirldiva) March 17, 2017
The damage already done couldn’t be mended as Twitterati went on a roll to troll the POTUS.
Merkel: “Do you want to have a handshake?”
Trump: [crickets. scene.] pic.twitter.com/LLFxuyGDY0
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 17, 2017
— Justine Bateman (@JustineBateman) March 17, 2017
Oh wow this is SUPER awkward. What happened here https://t.co/zJptLBNZ54
— Farhad Manjoo (@fmanjoo) March 17, 2017
— Jessica Galliart (@JessicaGalliart) March 17, 2017
dear fucking god this is horrific. https://t.co/pRO0CHJXMk
— Janey Godley (@JaneyGodley) March 17, 2017
Let’s see how far this can go, following Donald Trump and his sarcasm.