German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the White House on Friday for her first face-to-face meeting with President Trump.
The whole thing was already pretty tense because of Trump's past comments slamming NATO, Germany's dominance in the EU, and Merkel's pro-refugee immigration policies.
AND THEN THIS HAPPENED...
TRUMP COMPLETELY IGNORED MERKEL WHEN SHE ASKED IF HE WANTED TO SHAKE HANDS FOR THE CAMERAS. 💀
YOU CAN ACTUALLY PINPOINT THE MOMENT WHEN SHE REALIZES JUST HOW AWKWARD THIS IS.
To be fair, it's not 100% clear whether Trump heard Merkel amid the noise in the room, but the result was still mighty painful.
Lots of people compared Trump's behavior to that of a child.
But mostly, people were just suffering from a severe case of second-hand embarrassment.
What's German for "This is painfully awkward and I have to go now"?
The two did later share a handshake in front of the press following a news conference at the White House.
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