US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met for the first time in Washington on Monday. And aside from the encounter being a meeting between two heads of state, Trudeau’s visit has generated interest because of the interaction’s non-verbal cues.
The two leaders are notably at odds on a number of issues. For instance, Trudeau has been instrumental in Canada’s warm welcome for asylum seekers while Trump signed into place anti-immigration and refugee policies. The Candian PM is pro-choice, while the POTUS eyes to defund Planned Parenthood. Trudeau supports measures to combat climate change, while Trump believes the movement is baseless.
How the two opposite-minded leaders would find common ground in global agenda is most likely why the press has their eyes on the meeting. This isn’t the case for netizens, though. Some internet users had apparently been waiting for awkward moments that would make great memes and they weren’t disappointed.
Trump Trudeau Memes
Buzzfeed notes Netizens have already poked fun at the two from the moment they shook hands, with some imagining their possible conversations. However, the meme game has gotten more amusing when a poorly timed photo of Trudeau awkwardly glancing at Trump’s hand made it online.
The photo from a Reuters photographer brought on a vast array of funny comments on social media. Here are the best memes from the first Trump Trudeau meeting:
That moment Trump tried to pull that weird handshake bit and Trudeau was like not today, motherf**ker. Not today.pic.twitter.com/cR1dTPSPyZ
— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) February 13, 2017
— wrow (@ilobeoscar) February 13, 2017
— Sangita Patel (@sangita_patel) February 13, 2017
— Canadian Politics (@canadianpoli) February 13, 2017
— Andy Cole (@AndyCole84) February 13, 2017
Trump Trudeau Meeting
Kidding aside, Trudeau and Trump have met to build the two neighboring nations’ relationship without threatening trade. Trudeau, according to PBS News, will discuss free trade. He will also attend roundtable talk on women’s advancement in business alongside the US President.
Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, reportedly recruited participants from both the United States and Canada and helped to set the agenda for the roundtable. She has been an advocate for policies benefiting working women.
Both leaders were careful not to critique each others’ fundamentally divergent approaches. He acknowledged the strong US-Canada ties but pointed out there are times they differ in approach. Regardless, he claims they have always done it “firmly and respectfully.”
He distanced himself from discussing immigration -the subject where some Americans have criticized his US counterpart for. “The last thing Canadians expect is for me to come down and lecture another country on how they choose to govern themselves,” he told one reported. “My role and our responsibility [are] to continue to govern in such a way that reflects Canadians’ approach and be a positive example in the world.