German Chancellor Angela Merkel has spent the last few months relentlessly attacking President Donald Trump every chance she got. This came back to bite her on Friday when she met with Trump at the White House for the first time.
The Telegraph UK reported that Trump refused to shake Merkel’s hand as they were photographed by the press in the Oval Office. Footage shows one photographer clearly shout at the two to shake hands. Merkel looks hopefully at Trump and even leans in to ask him something, but the president does not shake her hand.
Photographers: Can we get a handshake?
Merkel (to Trump): Do you want to have a handshake?
Trump: *no response*
Merkel: *makes awkward face* pic.twitter.com/ehgpCnWPg7
— David Mack (@davidmackau) March 17, 2017
This should come as a surprise to nobody, considering the nasty things Merkel has said about Trump in the past. NBC News reported that Merkel has publicly bashed Trump’s temporary travel ban as well as his comment that the mainstream press is the “enemy of the American people.”
“I stand by a free and independent press and have great respect for journalists,” Merkel said in a speech during this year’s Munich Security Conference.
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