On Social Media, Everyone Seems to Be Talking About This
Donald Trump has attacked German Chancellor Angela Merkel many times. He's claimed she made a "catastrophic mistake" by "taking in all those illegals," referring to Syrian refugees Merkel invited into her country (hence, not "illegals.") So many were prepared for a chilly exchange Friday when Merkel came to visit Trump at the White House, and they were not disappointed.
Trump has said in the past that Angela Merkel should be "ashamed of herself" for taking refugees (while mispronouncing her name.) Fun!— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) March 17, 2017
The President met the Chancellor at the front door of the White House, a generous gesture, but that was as far as his warmth extended. When asked in an Oval Office photo op if he would shake hands for reporters, as is customary, President Trump seemed to ignore the question and the press left the room.
On social media, everyone seemed to be talking about it:
Unbelievable. https://t.co/KcrCxna7CH— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) March 17, 2017
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
Also, a good deal of mockery of Trump:
Some men are threatened by powerful women.— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) March 17, 2017
Some aren't. pic.twitter.com/6lFm2TNbtU