President Trump is on tour overseas at present, participating in his first foreign trip since taking office. As yet another instance of rather obtrusive awkwardness taking center stage, Trump’s meeting with the recently installed new French President Emmanuel Macron, went, apparently, rather ridiculously.
At least, such is the case according to reports from those reporters who are tasked to follow Trump’s every move as part of the White House pool.
According to the White House pool report, as published by Axios, Trump and Macron’s joint public appearance went almost as if it was out of some fiction about two political leaders who don’t like each other but are forced to interact. It’s reminiscent of Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis’s 2012 film The Campaign.
It’s seriously that ridiculous.
Check it out for yourself:
‘The two presidents, each wearing dark suits and blue ties (Trump’s was thick and royal blue; Macron’s was skinny and navy) sat in antique cream-upholstered arm chairs, with two American and French flags behind them. They shook hands for an extended period of time. Each president gripped the other’s hand with considerable intensity, their knuckles turning white and their jaws clenching and faces tightening.’
Yes, that’s really the White House press pool report about Trump and Macron’s first meeting, which took place at a “working lunch in Brussels,” according to Axios.
One is left wondering which leader spearheaded the intensity of the handshake session. Did Trump tighten his grip Macron’s hand first or was it the other way around?
Trump and Macron certainly have their share of differences, with the latter having been expressly supported by former President Obama while the French presidential election season was underway. Trump, on the other hand, offered his support to Macron’s rival, the National Front’s Marine Le Pen.
Trump has also already had his share of both handshake gaffes in general and of points of ridiculousness taking center stage while he’s been overseas. For instance, when German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the United States earlier this year, Trump was caught on tape seeming to refuse her handshake.
While Trump was in Israel, on an earlier leg of his inaugural overseas trip, Melania was caught on tape swatting his hand away when he appeared to be reaching for hers.
All of these things combine to suggest yet again that we have a president that is far too personally unstable to even think about being politically stable.
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