OH BOY: Trump Botching a Salute to North Korean Military Officer Surfaces on Twitter and It’s Painful


North Korean state media has put out a propaganda video following Monday’s summit in Singapore (obtained by the BBC). And in it, President Donald Trump is seen, in an extremely awkward moment, initially extending his hand to a North Korean general, and then — after that general salutes him — returning the favor.

This, said Rear Admiral John Kirby (Ret.), was a stunning breach of protocol.

“He should have just nodded his head when the general saluted him, and reached out his hand and did a handshake,” Kirby said Thursday on CNN. “That’s the appropriate thing. Look, he’s the Commander-in-Chief. He doesn’t even salute his own generals. They salute him. That’s the way it works. And you don’t certainly don’t do it with leaders of foreign militaries. And you most certainly don’t do it with the leaders of foreign militaries of an adversary nation.

Twitter seized upon the new footage. Here’s a sampling of the reaction:

Watch above, via the BBC.

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