Friday, March 17, 2017
What a Churlish Prick
The handshake photo-op is an obligatory part of a foreign leader's visit to the White House. The Cheeto Benito already has a well-earned reputation for the vigor of his hand clasp.
Which is why it was so awkward today when German chancellor Angela Merkel sat down with Trump for the standard photo-op. As photographers repeatedly called "handshake", the Great Orange Bloat ignored them - and the chancellor.
What a churlish prick although it was good to see how uncomfortable Donald Trump can plainly look in the presence of a powerful woman unwilling to put up with his bullshit.
Update: I spent a while looking at photos of Merkel shaking hands/greeting various prime ministers, presidents and such. There was something that really came through. She isn't afraid to show when she likes someone and she's even less able to conceal when she doesn't. Obama, big time. Bush Jr., yeah, him too. Trudeau, absolutely. Putin? An icy stare down. Berlusconi, ditto, Erdogan too. Now Trump.