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Did Trump Endanger the Planet Over a Handshake?

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

According to the Washington Post, virtually every world leader and corporate CEO Trump spoke to recently, including every G7 leader and the CEOs of Goldman Sachs and Dow Chemical, urged him to maintain our commitment to the Paris climate accord, but Trump was ultimately swayed by a sentient pile of cigarette butts, Steve Bannon.

The Washington Post also reports that a stern handshake from newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron may have been the last straw.

If he needed a nudge, though, one came from France over the weekend. Macron was quoted in a French journal talking about his white-knuckled handshake with Trump at their first meeting in Brussels, where the newly elected French president gripped Trump’s hand tightly and would not let go for six long seconds in a show of alpha-male fortitude.

“My handshake was not innocent,” Macron said. He likened Trump to a pair of authoritarian strongmen — Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — and said that he was purposefully forceful because he believed his encounter with Trump was “a moment of truth.”

Hearing smack-talk from the Frenchman 31 years his junior irritated and bewildered Trump, aides said.

A few days later, Trump got his revenge. He proclaimed from the Rose Garden, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”

You may have already seen Trump as an insecure manchild, but this somehow lowers the bar even further. Trump is the one who likes to dish out aggressive handshakes in embarrassing demonstrations of his machismo, but he apparently can't handle being on the receiving end.

He's so unsettled by it, it may have played a role in his decision to endanger the entire planet.

This man has access to nuclear weapons.

  • muselet

    It would have been better for everyone concerned if Emmanuel Macron had kept his bleedin’ bouche shut. Sure, go ahead and try to crush Donald Trump’s tiny hand like a grape, just don’t go and talk smack about it later.

    Sadly, world leaders are going to have to learn how to deal with a, immature, wannabe alpha male manbaby.

    –alopecia

  • Scopedog

    And to think that people bitched about how bad Hillary would be because of emails something something Bernie woulda won….

    …Congrats, assholes. Hope you’re happy with all of this (well, H.A. Goodman sure is, since he’s now latched on to the Seth Rich story and is raving about how he’s going to sue the DNC).

    • Victor the Crab

      At this point, Goofman doesn’t deserve to be called a progressive, and instead should be labeled a right wing plant helping out Putin and/or Julian Assange for Drumph.

  • Kitty Smith

    And chances of him using them?

    Yeah. I know.

  • Username1016

    He is An. Ass. The people of Pittsburgh (I am one!) fart in his general direction.

  • 1933john

    Saw a good video of the handshake on DW a few days ago.
    Little Frenchie squeezed the hell out of Trump’s shit-hook.

    • gescove

      I hope he broke bones in Trump’s orange shit-hook. Vive la France!

  • Aynwrong

    Trump needed a real talking to about 50 years ago.
    https://youtu.be/3HURJNd0J4U

  • Badgerite

    And people actually like Macron. And not Hair Twittler. Go figure.

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