We all know that Trump is a newb when it comes to actually being an American political figure, but despite his claim that he’s mastered the Art of the Deal, it appears he hasn’t yet mastered the art of the handshake. Or so says Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s facial expression following an overlong grasp filled with a deep stare and misunderstanding. All in all, it would be hilarious if this man wasn’t the 45th leader of our country.
It also would not be a story if Trump himself didn’t tout his own instincts in foreign policy and deal making. But, because of that, Jezebel felt it was new, and we feel they are right. Flash back to the primary, Politico reported that he said (emphasis mine):
Asked on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” who he talks with consistently about foreign policy, Trump responded, “I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things.”
“I know what I’m doing and I listen to a lot of people, I talk to a lot of people and at the appropriate time I’ll tell you who the people are,” Trump said. “But my primary consultant is myself and I have a good instinct for this stuff.”
He may need a different consultant.
It starts really getting awkward when it seems Trump just can’t handle not knowing what the Japanese press were saying and asked about it. When Abe translates, “Please, look at me,” Trump seems to have forgotten he asked the question and stares directly at Abe. This despite Abe pointing at the cameras, where he was supposed to be looking. He just keeps staring.
It also seems that Abe attempts to jerk away from Trump, who just won’t let go, looking for a moment like a minor tug, then the moment of release. Don’t look away, you might miss the colossal expression of relief and clear eye roll on Shinzo’s face. Trump seems unaware of what he did, or how Abe feels. So much for instincts.
Judge for yourself:
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 10, 2017
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