Back in 2006, at the G8 summit in St Petersburg, George Bush decided he’d give Angela Merkel a friendly shoulder massage.
The video quickly went viral for obvious reasons:
But you know, that’s was just “Dubya” being “Dubya.” Sure, we were all a little embarrassed for Merkel and also for ourselves (after all, that was the face, errr… the hands, of the American people), but we laughed it off.
Well on Thursday we got “Merkel back rub anno 2017,” only this time, Merkel is Duško Marković, the prime minister of Montenegro, and the well-meaning back rub is a not-so-well-meaning shove.
Watch below as Donald Trump literally pushes Markovic out of the way, strides in front of him, and then, in the final act, adjusts his suit coat and sticks his chin out Mussolini-style…
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) May 25, 2017
Did Trump just shove another NATO leader to be in the front of the group? pic.twitter.com/bL1r2auELd
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) May 25, 2017
Perhaps Newsweek summed it up best:
Trump forcefully slapped a hand on the shoulder of Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic, pushed him aside, and barreled his way through to the front of the group. Satisfied, Trump raised his chin, adjusted his jacket and surveyed the crowd before him.
Yes sir, international diplomacy at its finest…