Friday, March 17, 2017
Video: Trump/Merkel photo op as awkward as you’d expect
Hot Air by Allahpundit
Holy sour-braten, Batman. Am I right that Trump never once makes eye contact with her here, even when she suggests a handshake at 0:50? Between this and the GCHQ clusterfark, all the White House needs now is to snub France to hit the single-day trifecta for pissing off our closest European allies.
I hope there’s a good reason to justify his attitude apart from simply pandering to nationalists by gratuitously cold-shouldering her. If she told him in their meeting before the photo op, “Screw you, we’re not paying two percent of our GDP on NATO,” well, then you might understand his irritation. But even then, there’s nothing to be gained by making a display of disdain. Have your screaming match in private, then do the big handshake and back-slapping for the cameras, as he’ll almost certainly do when he finally meets Xi Jinping.