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Donald Trump Snubbed ‘Handshake’ Request with Angela Merkel

Donald Trump never misses out the opportunity to make a headline. Yesterday, an interesting situation occurred when President Donald Trump seemed to overlook a request for a handshake with German Chancellor Angela Merkel before a joint press conference on Friday. The conversation quickly went viral.

 

Before this embarrassing moment, US President Donald Trump greeted German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House with a handshake upon her arrival, before they began talks in the Oval Office on Friday.

However, when the both leaders sat for the photo opportunity and were posing in front of TV cameras, Trump – who is known to be enthusiastic with his greeting – snubbed request for a handshake. The press reporters were repeatedly asked if both the guests would give them a handshake. But he simply looked ahead with his hands clutched.

After noticing that Trump is not responding to the reporters’ calls, Merkel turned to look at Trump, who didn't answer or make an eye contact with the chancellor. The situation got even obstinate when Trump continued to overlook the chancellor after she asked something that sounded like "do you want to have a handshake?" Merkel then started flashing a smile to the cameras.

The press conference was already less than warm, as Trump warned Merkel earlier that trade relations between Germany and the U.S. may be under review soon. "The U.S. has been treated unfairly, and that's going to stop," Trump said. 

The conference between the leader of Europe's largest economy and the US president was promoted as one that could help control the future of the intercontinental coalition and shape their working relationship that ended on such awkward position.

In 2016, Trump, time after time, continued to accuse the German chancellor of ruining Germany over the issue of refugees as Germany allowed to influx refugees into Germany.

Nazish Islam - a media graduate with an undying love for chai, books, traveling, series shows, sports, hijab, and of course writing.

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