Celebrities React: Donald Trump Ignores Angela Merkel’s Handshake Request
President Donald Trump seemingly ignored German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s request for a handshake during their meeting in the Oval Office on Friday. Celebrities are now reacting on Twitter to the incident. See Hollywood stars’ tweets below.
As Gossip Cop reported, Trump and Merkel held a joint press conference at the White House on Friday afternoon. But during an exchange filmed in the Oval Office shortly earlier, a photographer shouted for the two to shake hands, prompting Merkel to turn towards the president and say, “Do you want to have a handshake?” Trump, however, didn’t respond and continued staring ahead at the cameras. It’s unclear if the president purposely snubbed Merkel or simply didn’t hear her, and it should be noted, the two did shake hands upon first meeting outside of the White House earlier in the day.
In response to the incident, George Takei tweeted, “Yesterday Sean Spicer accused UK of spying on Trump. Today Trump refused to shake Angela Merkel’s hand. This is how they treat our friends.” Billy Eichner joked, “Someone please give Angela Merkel a Shamrock Shake.” And Kumail Nanjiani offered, “I can’t imagine a higher honor than being refused a handshake from Donald Trump.”
Meanwhile, Kal Penn posted a video of the awkward moment and added the caption, “MAGA!” Tom Bergeron posted a screenshot of Merkel staring down Trump and wrote, “Chancellor Merkel’s expression. is. priceless. #WriteYourOwnCaption.” And Will Arnett referenced Trump telling the press, “I’m a free trader, but I’m also a fair trader,” and quipped, ‘”I am a traitor.’ Bro!… we finally agree on something.” Gossip Cop will update as more celebrities react to Trump and Merkel’s handshake incident, which you can watch in the video below.
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