WATCH: Trump Refuses Handshake With Germany’s Merkel


On Friday, President Trump met with German chancellor Angela Merkel – and things got extraordinarily awkward. They sit next to each other, with Merkel obviously attempting to play nice, and Trump glaring at the cameras like an enraged Robert De Niro circa Meet The Parents. Finally, Trump says, “Send a great picture back to Germany please, make sure,” as Merkel giggles uncomfortably. A member of the press asks, “How did your talks go, Mr. President?” Trump nods: “Very good.” The press member follows up: “Did you talk about NATO?” Trump: “Many things.” His body language: “Get me the hell out of here.” Hers: “Can’t we just be friends?”

Finally, she turns to him: “Do you want to have a handshake?”

Trump stares at the floor, ignoring her.

And that’s it.


Here’s the video:

No handshake. No talking to one another.

That Trump-Merkel pool spray was pretty awkward. —via @MSNBC pic.twitter.com/DIkEyfNJUq

— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 17, 2017

It’s no shock to watch Trump stonewall Merkel. He’s been ripping her for years. In 2015, he tweeted that she was “ruining Germany” with her refugee policy, and in January, refused to comment on speculation that he would oppose her run for re-election: “I don’t know who she’s running against, number one, I’m just saying, I don’t know her, I’ve never met her. As I said, I’ve had great respect for her. I felt she was a great, great leader. I think she made one very catastrophic mistake and that was taking all of these illegals, you know taking all of the people from wherever they come from. Now, with that being said, I respect her, I like her, but I don’t know her.”

Trump obviously isn’t a fan.

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