German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with President Donald Trump at the White House this afternoon, and unlike his previous visits with other heads of state, Donald Trump refused to shake Angela Merkel’s hand.
In many circles, Merkel is considered Trump’s European nemesis as she leads a faltering European Union that has ushered in rampant immigration from the Middle East and North Africa that is fracturing many of the once-proud countries.
Trump seems to understand this full well. He looks extremely uncomfortable sitting next to Merkel and there is an almost a hatred you can sense from him.
And it all comes to full display when the press calls for a handshake. Merkel presses him if he wants to do it, and President Trump just grins refusing to shake her hand.
"Can we get a handshake?"
*Merkel looks at Trump*
*Press is ushered out without any handshake* pic.twitter.com/dKxu5C5X9Y
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) March 17, 2017
As the press is being ushered out, you do see President Trump reach over and touch Merkel by the shoulder.
It will be interesting to see how President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s relationship develops as Trump takes a very pro-America-First position opposed to Merkel’s open borders stance for the European Union.
The two are definitely at odds.
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H/T: Zero Hedge