Trump refused to shake hands with the German chancellor during awkward visit at the White House

President Trump Refuses To Shake Angela Merkel’s Hand In Front Of TV Cameras

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Donald Trump refused to shake German chancellor Angela Merkel’s hand during a visit to the White House.

The awkward exchange was caught on video. As photographers called for the two leaders to shake hands, Ms Merkel looks at Trump and can be heard saying: “Do you want to have a handshake?”

President Trump initially turns his head towards her but continues facing the cameras, and sitting with his hands together. Ms. Merkel, probably as confused as the rest of us, then faces the cameras and smiles thinly.

You can see the cringeworthy moment in full below:


The two leaders have been critical of each other in the past. With Trump labelling Merkel’s lenient migration policy as “catastrophic”. While the German chancellor has voiced her distaste towards Trump’s travel ban.

This latest chapter comes during yet another eventful week for the President. Trump got in a Twitter spat with Snoop Dogg, claiming the rapper belongs in jail. And then saw his revised travel ban blocked by a Hawaii judge.

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