Trump’s Latest Awkward Handshake Is Met With Amusing Reactions Across Internet
By Izza Sofia, 14 Nov 2017
Donald Trump has been caught in one of the most awkward moments of his presidency so far during a “family” photo at the start of a regional summit in the Philippines.
President Trump was left confused by a communal handshake that took place among some of the world’s most prominent leaders during the opening ceremony of the 31st Association of South East Asian Nations.
Trump, along with those standing on the podium, was instructed to take part in the “traditional” ASEAN handshake, which consists of a cross-body exercise where leaders extend their right arm over their left and shake the opposite hands of those next to them.
However, the US president seemed briefly confused by the announcer’s instructions, and proceeded to cross his hands in front of him.
He turned to the leaders that flanked him—Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to the right, and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to the left—and extended his arms outwards.
Finally, he crossed his arms and reached to the correct sides and vigorously shook the arms of the two leaders beside him, while laughing.
Naturally, the internet was quick to respond and comment on the president’s awkward moment. A user said, “Good luck to whoever has three weeks to get this regional production of Mamma Mia! into shape,” while another user commented, “Donald Trump hasn’t quite got the hang of the ASEAN handshake with Rodrigo Duterte in Manila today.”
Check out some of the hilarious comments below.
good luck to whoever has three weeks to get this regional production of Mamma Mia! into shape pic.twitter.com/eCZ81VxbMi— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) November 13, 2017
Trump's face in this photo is priceless. He struggled a bit with the cross body handshake. He eventually got it and laughed off the awkwardness. https://t.co/eVdZOSXFaB— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) November 13, 2017
Per pool: “Pool, having reviewed photographs, clarifies that Trump’s facial expression during the handshake was more of an exaggerated grimace than a smile.” https://t.co/QkkCSp1qZr— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 13, 2017
[via Mashable, opening image via Twitter]
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