SEAN SPICER: TRUMP DIDN’T SHAKE ANGELA MERKEL’S HAND BECAUSE HE DIDN’T HEAR THE REQUEST

On Friday, President Trump met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and, during a side-by-side sit down in the Oval Office, appeared to ignore suggestions for a handshake, notes the Washington Post.

While photographers shouted out “handshake” and the German leader asked, “do you want to have a handshake?” Trump sat with his hands folded and eyes fixed forward.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer has since suggested there was no refusal on the president’s part.

He told ‘Der Spiegel,’ a German publication, “I don’t think he heard the question.”

German daily ‘Bild’ pointed out that Trump avoided making eye contact with Merkel.

Further, a number of outlets noted how different Trump’s interaction with Merkel was compared to his engagements with other leaders, notes The Independent.

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