Even the quotidian act of shaking hands has proven to be a Herculean task for Donald Trump, the leader of the free world. The Oval Office hosted a meeting between the POTUS and Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe and, as per usual, things turned tragicomic. The two hands grasped each other for a bleak 20 seconds, where Trump had the same look of confusion of a dog popping a squat and Abe—bless his diplomatic heart—could only muster up the enthusiasm of an embarrassed father.
Although a GIF of the moment is a gem on its own, one has to catch the audio to truly grasp the incompetency. Well after his hand has gone limp, Abe politely asks the dumbstruck president to “please look at me.” And so he does.
Get this: Trump is 70 years old. Even Abe can’t seem to hide his shock that this is a grown man.
PM Shinzo Abe after Trump handshake: 😵 pic.twitter.com/h0ayPS9pB9
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) February 10, 2017
Trump also failed at the basic form of greeting when he met with Judge Neil M. Gorsuch. Watch both moments below.
Pres. Trump and Japanese PM Abe meet, shake hands in the Oval Office https://t.co/rG1oCqyhkf pic.twitter.com/njJ13Qi3s1
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 10, 2017