The handshake that wasn’t: Trump appears to snub Merkel

Trump meets with Merkel in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. (Reuters)

Things quickly turned awkward in the White House Oval Office after United States President Donald Trump ignored German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s request for a handshake.

In cringe-worthy video, reporters can be heard asking both leaders to shake hands as is customary between a sitting president and a visiting guest.

Thinking he could not hear the reporters’ requests, Merkel could be heard asking Trump: “Do you want to do the handshake?”

Trump then completely ignore her request during their joint appearance and continues to stare straight ahead as Merkel shrugs.

Trump’s latest handshake, or lack thereof, is one of many to grab attention after a 19-second exchange with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last month went viral.

Trump rather dominant handshake became a media focus after the Abe handshake but the American president finally met his match with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just days later.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50