German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited President Trump in the White House Friday, and the media is abuzz over the fact that he failed to pose in a handshake during a photo-op.
As the two leaders sat in chairs side by side, the the sounds of clicking cameras filled the room. One of the photographers reportedly requested a pose with a handshake, and Merkel turned to Trump and asked, “Do you want a handshake?”
The President didn’t respond, and the headlines lit up the news suggesting that he refused to shake her hand. A few are fairly supposing that perhaps Trump did not hear the request.
Below is the video of the chaotic scene.
Insults have run rampant on Twitter as well.
— POLITICO (@politico) March 17, 2017
Merkel asked Trump if he wanted to have a handshake.
He completely ignored her.
😂😂😂 What an absolute ass. https://t.co/dXhKB9qqEl
— #TheResistance (@AynRandPaulRyan) March 17, 2017
✔️ refuses to shake #Merkel‘s hand
✔️ causes diplomatic incident while trying to cover up his lie.
Jesus take the wheel
— Ryan Graney (@RyanEGraney) March 17, 2017
Trump refusing to shake hands with Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany. He can’t handle a woman in power at all. Scum. pic.twitter.com/cnwHqrh5Zg
— Common Gay Boy (@CGBPosts) March 17, 2017
Merkel asked Trump for a handshake and he completely ignored her. Well, that’s always a good start to a diplomatic relationship. pic.twitter.com/qRhRqb8VHv
— Bernardo Pereira (@b_tavares_p) March 17, 2017
No handshake for this traitor of the Western world. Fantastic action by Donald Trump. pic.twitter.com/z03aXbtNQU
— Voice of Europe (@V_of_Europe) March 17, 2017
One Trump supporter does point out they did indeed pose for a friendly handshake at the joint press conference.
Not another Trump, Merkel handshake!
People will start to talk how the FAKE NEWS media is deaf, dumb, and blind! pic.twitter.com/rooLuiO7CM
— Trump Super PAC 🇺🇸 (@TrumpSuperPAC) March 17, 2017
The following video is of President Trump greeting Chancellor Merkel upon her arrival.
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