President Donald Trump has embarrassed himself and our nation before the world once again. The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzō Abe (安倍 晋三), is conducting an official state visit to the United States and joined the President at the White House.
Awkward? This handshake between Trump and Shinzō Abe lasted 19 seconds, after which Trump said to Abe, "Strong hands." pic.twitter.com/iNyFSS85xz
— Rosa Hwang (@journorosa) February 10, 2017
After an excruciatingly awkward 20-second handshake, punctuated by Trump announcing that Abe had “strong hands,” the two took to podiums to hold a press conference. where Trump forgot to put his translating earpiece in and therefore had absolutely no idea what his counterpart was saying.
Oh my. Trump just went through almost that entire press conference w/o wearing a headset… while pretending to understand Japanese.
— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) February 10, 2017
Trump’s answers to the media’s questions were as vague and nebulous as they usually are, with liberal use of the words “good” and “tremendous,” giving no details on anything but promising that everything will be great and we have such a good relationship with Japan, a tremendous relationship. He also lapsed into gibberish at some points, promising that the people will have “assurity.”
It should also be noted that Trump only accepted questions from reporters working for outlets owned by conservative oligarch Rupert Murdoch.
After the conference, Trump and Abe are jetting off to Trump’s Florida mansion, Mar-a-Lago, for a weekend of golf and relaxation on the taxpayer dime. It will be the second weekend in a row he will be going on vacation.
To say the very least, Trump’s conduct as a diplomat leave much to be desired.
President Trump: "I feel totally confident that we will have tremendous security for the people of the United States." pic.twitter.com/Mxn1vC25rE
— CSPAN (@cspan) February 10, 2017
Watch the whole conference here:
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.