President Donald Trump’s first year in office has included many awkward moments.
Whether implying a 19th century abolitionist was alive or ignoring a handshake from the German Chancellor, Trump provided plenty of fodder for ridicule from his online critics and amusement from his supporters.
Here are 10 of the most cringe-worthy awkward moments from Trump’s first year in office:
Trump implies Frederick Douglass is alive
During a Black History Month event, Trump implied that Frederick Douglass, the revered 19th century black abolitionist, was alive. Speaking about Douglass in the present tense, Trump praised his accomplishments and claimed that the former slave and celebrated writer was becoming more well-known.
“Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognised more and more, I notice,”Trump said.
Critics ridiculed Trump for his comment. Comedian Seth Meyers joked,”Keep your eye on that Fred Douglass kid, he’s going places. Fred Douglass is an up-and-comer.”
Trump appears to reject a handshake with German Chancellor Angela Merkel
Trump appeared to reject an offered handshake from German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her visit to the White House in March.
When photographers asked for a handshake, Merkel leaned over to Trump and seemed to ask him to shake hands.
Trump didn’t appear to respond to the question, and he didn’t look over at Merkel as she spoke to him. It’s unclear if it was a deliberate snub or unintentional. They have shaken hands at other meetings since.
Melania Trump swats her husband’s hand away
First Lady Melania Trump made waves when she appeared to swat her husband’s hand away while walking down a tarmac in Tel Aviv with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, in May.
Trump pushes prime minister of Montenegro aside
Trump appeared to push prime minister of Montenegro Dusko Markovic aside as he moved to the front of a group of world leaders during a gathering in Brussels in May. Video of the incident, which took place during a NATO summit, went viral.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unexpectedly bear-hugs Trump
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave President Donald Trump a big hug during a joint statement in the Rose Garden that followed Modi’s June White House visit.
Trump tells French first lady Brigitte Macron that she’s in “such good shape”
Trump told the French first lady, Brigitte Macron, that she is in “such good shape” and called her “beautiful” during a visit with French president Emmanuel Macron and Melania Trump. The moment was caught on video, which went viral on social media.
Many critics called Trump’s comments about the first lady, who is 24 years older than her 39-year-old husband, sexist and inappropriate.
Trump gives Melania a formal handshake
Social media erupted after yet another awkward encounter between Trump and Melania. This one came after Melania introduced her husband at Joint Base Andrews in Prince George’s County, Maryland in September and Trump thanked her with a formal handshake.
Trump tosses paper towels into a crowd of hurricane survivors in Puerto Rico
Trump was skewered by critics for tossing paper towels into a crowd at a disaster relief distribution center outside San Juan, Puerto Rico after the island was devastated by a category four hurricane in September.
Trump tells children “you have no weight problems,” as he hands them Halloween candy at the White House
During a Halloween event with reporters’ children in the Oval Office in October, Trump told the kids that at least they “have no weight problems” as he handed out candy.
The president also expressed shock that the press “produced such beautiful children.”
“I cannot believe the media produced such beautiful children,” Trump said. “How the media did this, I don’t know.”
Trump pauses a speech to sip from a water bottle using two hands
Trump paused during a lengthy statement to the nation about his November trip to Asia to take a sip of water, holding the bottle with both hands and causing social media to erupt in viral gifs and videos.
The incident drew many comparisons to a moment when Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida halted his rebuttal to the 2013 State of the Union to grab a water bottle. Trump mocked that incident at length during the 2016 presidential campaign.
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