Awkward photo-op: Trump snubs Angela Merkel's request for handshakeUpdated: Mar 18, 2017 01:46 IST
Photographers: Can we get a handshake?— David Mack (@davidmackau) March 17, 2017
Merkel (to Trump): Do you want to have a handshake?
Trump: *no response*
Merkel: *makes awkward face* pic.twitter.com/ehgpCnWPg7
By contrast, the President did shake hands with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when they recently visited him in the Oval Office, which incidentally did provide great fodder to memesters.
"You can actually pinpoint the second when her heart rips in half" pic.twitter.com/daQF1xBsgL— David Mack (@davidmackau) March 17, 2017
Trudeau inner dialogue: "Jesus Christ, he even spray tans the inside of his palms." pic.twitter.com/rsr2NfyYL4— Aaron Vallely (@Vallmeister) February 14, 2017
Trump's tensed up body-language during the photo-op and his refusal to shake hands with Merkel has not gone down well across the globe, as he was chastised for the incidents and many branded his behaviors as rude and "un-President" like.
Journalist with a zoom camera has released actual footage of the handshake between US President Donald Trump and Japan's PM Shinzo Abe. pic.twitter.com/JOxTdYVNvo— Jose Covaco (@HoeZaay) February 15, 2017
"Trump sits there like an offended child and refuses the handshake with Merkel. The pictures speak volumes!" https://t.co/Qpvd1LUoeY— Robert Loerzel (@robertloerzel) 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
"Send a good picture back to Germany, make sure," Trump jokingly told photographers, adding that his meeting with the Chancellor was "very good" and said the pair talked about "many things." However, when asked to shake hands by reporters and photographers, Trump and Merkel remained stationary. It wasn't clear if the two heard the request, and the two had shaken hands when Merkel arrived at the White House and they shook hands again after a White House news conference, reports CNN. The German Chancellor is trying to forge a relationship with Trump despite suspicion over his political views, as she congratulated the President after his election win, amid concern in Germany that his stances on issues like immigration run counter to the principles sustaining the Western alliance. Trump had earlier bashed Merkel during his campaign trail, and had also insulted her in his past public comments, criticizing her decision to allow hundreds of thousands of refugees to enter Germany. (ANI)
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