One of the simplest acts of diplomacy for any President is to sit with the leader of a friendly nation and make nice in front of the cameras for a couple of minutes. At least, it used to be simple. Donald Trump took the opportunity to spark international outrage by refusing to shake hands with the leader of our most powerful ally in Europe.
As usual, Twitter was watching and delivered the perfect responses to the insult:
You can't blame Trump for not shaking hands with Angela Merkel. He's terrified of germs. Oh… and women who are smarter than him #handshake
— Alt Fed Employee (@Alt_FedEmployee) March 17, 2017
— My America (@MyAmerica4) March 17, 2017
In summary, reporters ask Merkel important questions about trade and ask Trump if he regrets his ridiculous tweets. Yup, everything is fine.
— Alex George (@AlexGeorge424) March 17, 2017
Merkel right now thinking about Obama pic.twitter.com/KYWItqzpkL
— ana is praising lilith (@katerodham) March 17, 2017
Merkel: "People are different. They have different abilities."
Translation: he's an idiot, but I'm trying do my best here.
— Mike Gibbs🏳️🌈 (@Mikeggibbs) March 17, 2017
Merkel at WH press conference: "I've always said it's much, much better to talk to one another, not about one another." pic.twitter.com/C6Wmnbjsji
— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) March 17, 2017
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) March 17, 2017
If Trump is hell-bent on alienating our allies and taking our country down, at least Twitter will ensure we go down laughing.
Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com