During MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday, Joe Scarborough criticized President Trump for the manner in which he shook French President Emmanuel Macron’s hand at a NATO summit in Brussels Thursday, saying it appeared that Trump “tore his arm off.”
“He ripped it off — the poor president of France. I mean, he’s a young guy, Macron. He tore his arm off,” Scarborough said during the opening of the show.
“Pulls you in, right?” co-host Willie Geist added. “That’s his move.”
The president has previously drawn attention for his aggressive handshake, which draws the other person toward him.
In other conversation, Scarborough contended that Trump used “a really different tone” in Saudi Arabia and Israel “compared to how he actually talks to our allies in Europe.”
Scarborough also claimed that Trump’s attempt to move to the front of a group of NATO leaders included the “manhandling” of Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic. “Look at this, manhandling the leader of Montenegro and reportedly calling the German very, very bad,” Scarborough said.
“There’s the whole new meaning to America first,” guest Donny Deustch added.
“That is the — that is what some in Europe would call the ugly American, that sort of action,” Scarborough said.
“Morning Joe” remains critical of Trump, who has been referred to on the show as a “fake president.”
As the Republican presidential candidate, Trump did many phone interviews with the program, but has not appeared on MSNBC since May 2016.
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