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Argentina hosted this year’s G20 summit, and while President Donald Trump attended, he clearly wasn’t having fun during his trip.
Trump’s problems started after he met with Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri on Friday. He insisted that he could understand President Macri better in Spanish than his English translation. (Trump does not speak Spanish.) He proceeded to drop his headpiece to the ground as an aide sheepishly walked onstage to pick it up.
That's after Justin Trudeau refused to call the new NAFTA by the name Trump made up and he also refused to hold up the document he signed.
Trump decided to drop his earpiece on floor while talking to Macri because he understands Spanish. He doesn't. He barely speaks English. pic.twitter.com/i0jBvz42uP
— Janet Shan (@hinterlandg) November 30, 2018
He then spoke about the “great job, successful job, a very big job” he did after purchasing Manhattan’s West Side railroad yard from Macri’s father. He also suggested the Argentine president “was a very young man, very handsome man,” implying Macri is neither young nor handsome anymore.
“Little did I know that his son would become a president,” Trump said. “And little did you realize that I was going to become president.”
Donald Trump talks about his long-standing friendship with Argentina's President Macri as the G20 Summit kicks off.
— CNN (@CNN) November 30, 2018
Was? Thank you for him. https://t.co/OQIXOqEqVh
— ROBIN (@docteur_robin) November 30, 2018
I too, was young once
— Jane.doe79763 (@doe79763) November 30, 2018
Trump has a genius for the put-down compliment https://t.co/F7cehRfFNK
— Isabel Hilton (@isabelhilton) November 30, 2018
— Dan in Boulder (@danmclellan) November 30, 2018
That wasn’t the end for Trump. As Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud shared a high five, Trump wandered through a sea of world leaders seemingly lost, confused, aimless.
— lily 🌸 (@CarbRundum) November 30, 2018
VIDEO: All smiles, laughs & handshakes as MBS & PUTIN meet at the G20, with TRUMP approaching in the background. pic.twitter.com/RgEX6iNNbB
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) November 30, 2018
Trump in the background wishing he was up there high fiving them too!
— Graeme Newman (@graemen2508) November 30, 2018
With Trump lurking in the background…looking all jelly /snort
— SpicyFiles (@SpicyFiles) November 30, 2018
The sequel to Misery begins. pic.twitter.com/32laPsaFfj
— Sheena (@SheenaTheSavage) November 30, 2018
But nothing compares to Trump’s shining moment, where he abandoned Argentina’s president while onstage in an apparent attempt to flee his presidential duties as fast as possible. An aide quickly chased after the president, after which a hot mic caught Trump muttering “get me outta here.”
Trump keeps his tradition of awkward diplomacy by walking out on Argentine President Mauricio Macri as photographers click pic.twitter.com/90INvkBYi8
— Noga Tarnopolsky (@NTarnopolsky) November 30, 2018
Trump did not seem to enjoy his time in Buenos Aires.
Excruciating video of Trump leaving a dumbfounded President Macri of Argentina on stage and then caught saying 'Get me out of here' on a hot mic.
Do cry for us Argentina. pic.twitter.com/EjtmPrCL1e
— laney (@misslaneym) December 2, 2018
^^^ If your turn up the volume, just as Trump lumbers off camera you can literally hear him say "Get me outta here".
— JΞSŦΞR ✪ ΔCŦUΔL³³º¹ (@th3j35t3r) December 1, 2018
"we have had such great success in our dealing with various countries and their leaders at the G20"
LOL "Get me outta here"…
Yeah, "Great Success" you ignorant sod. pic.twitter.com/cEBvRbKmHa
— XtrumpymctrumpfaceX (@trumpymctrumpX) December 2, 2018
THIS IS SO PAINFUL I ACTUALLY FEEL SICK. https://t.co/M9xnoatS61
— 🔥(202) 224-3121 ⬅️☎️CONGRESS (@juliabhaber) November 30, 2018
It must be hard being such a stable genius. Walk off, stage right. https://t.co/0QM0ZV7Lan
— Barbara Malmet (@B52Malmet) December 1, 2018
What a complete fucking moron! https://t.co/jQ1ilcUKBp
— Susan P Humphreys (@suz_humphreys) December 1, 2018
He’s lost in the forest FOR REST pic.twitter.com/ksue2wxvt5
— Dianna Szalinski (@missdoobiez) December 2, 2018
This video says everything. Argentine President Macri is a stand-in for the world — Trump’s ignorance, arrogance and rudeness leave our friends confused, alone and horrified. https://t.co/h0GmGUIBQB
— Samantha Power (@SamanthaJPower) December 2, 2018
I added John Travolta pic.twitter.com/MhX77sYkBk
— ElElegante101 (@skolanach) December 2, 2018
Some think the Russia investigation has Trump so unnerved that he’s struggling to function.
Russian state tv tonight mocking Donald Trump: anchor compares Putin’s “confident mood” at the G20 with “sullen Trump, who sat in a closed posture, as if he was protecting himself from everyone there & scared of putting his foot in it.” pic.twitter.com/uNG7APcOJ5
— Steve Rosenberg (@BBCSteveR) December 2, 2018
— ♠️⚜️Miss Führerious⚜️💔 (@MissFuhrerious) December 3, 2018
He is totally lost it. the pressure from those from his campain under indictment has to be enormous
— Stephrn Hamilton (@iplumbright58) December 2, 2018
maybe he saw mueller in the crowd and did a runner
— Chris Kernaghan (@nightgargoyle1) December 2, 2018
It appears he’s lost whatever sanity he had left… He will probably blame his fog on mourning for G.H.W. Bush.
— Jan (@pete_pete29) December 2, 2018
What a fucking embarrassment Trump is. 😑
Someone must have yelled out
'Mueller is coming'
Trump heard saying – Get me outta here! https://t.co/zCQEiXbHLa
— Trump Crisis (@RWTrollPatrol) December 1, 2018
Yes he does. Just replayed it with headphones on and Trump clearly says"Get me outta here" to someone.
What a complete asshole
I want a Trumpster to try & tell me now that Mueller isn't living 100% inside Trump's head, rent free.
Bcz he is. Trump's cracking. pic.twitter.com/Mr90Yisa5R
— TheFactsTheLiesTheWhiteHouse (@factslies_wh) December 2, 2018
Others pointed out that this is just Trump’s normal behavior during diplomatic functions: awkward and bizarrely self-centered.
Poland – wanders outside the bulletproof protection.
WH – walks off w/out signing EO
Got off Air Force One & wanders on tarmac, he’s walked back to motorcade. pic.twitter.com/syrJ2gmsAL
— Becca Ramos⭐️ (@BeccaFromTX) December 2, 2018
Oh my god, I love seeing Trump outside his comfort zone of rallies and press conferences. In settings like this, he is awkward, frightened and alone.
— Tony Ace (@TAssaff) December 1, 2018
Handshake wars: someone on Trump’s team should have read Howard French’s book All Under Heaven. XJP always stands on the left to force the other guy into an awkward reach. #天下 @hofrench pic.twitter.com/JhD5jvsqQQ
— James Millward (@JimMillward) December 3, 2018
🚨👇This is a pattern 👇🚨 https://t.co/TIJ7jFG4vM
— Galadriel (@GaladrielResist) December 3, 2018
Ana Valens is a reporter specializing in online queer communities, marginalized identities, and adult content creation. She is Daily Dot's Trans/Sex columnist. Her work has appeared at Waypoint, Truthout, Bitch Media, Kill Screen, Rolling Stone's Glixel, and the Toast. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.