People Are Dying Of Embarrassment After Trump Didn’t Shake Angela Merkel’s Hand

I AM SCREAMING.

1. German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the White House on Friday for her first face-to-face meeting with President Trump.

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2. 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.

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3. AND THEN THIS HAPPENED…

4. TRUMP COMPLETELY IGNORED MERKEL WHEN SHE ASKED IF HE WANTED TO SHAKE HANDS FOR THE CAMERAS.

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5. YOU CAN ACTUALLY PINPOINT THE MOMENT WHEN SHE REALIZES JUST HOW AWKWARD THIS IS.

 

6. 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.

7. Lots of people compared Trump’s behavior to that of a child.

10. But mostly, people were just suffering from a severe case of second-hand embarrassment.

14. What’s German for “This is painfully awkward and I have to go now”?

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UPDATE

The two did later share a handshake in front of the press following a news conference at the White House.

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