German chancellor Andrea Merkel visits the WH
awkward to say the least, this (also posted in a different thread) the non-handshake
To be nice with Teh Donald, maybe he has not yet absorbed diplomatic etiquette, as was also seen when the Japanese prime minister had to nudge him to the handshake. The State Department would have liked to assist in the learning phase, but all their leading staff have been kicked out. Also too, it speaks not well for Teh Donalds diplomatic capacities, even when one holds a personal grudge against the guest, in the case of one of the best allies one shows appreciation to the nation with the handshake. IMHO the missing guesture exposes one nasty trait of Trump,eg he cannot put his own feelings behind the job he asked for. I fear very much that this emotion of his may take a nasty turn when a stern poker face were needed. Trump will at one time in near future make a public ass of himself and the nation and offend his opposite. It will not make America look great then.