- ‘Due to personal reasons’ meme enables questionable behavior Monday 3:36 PM
- Why do white rappers write lyrics about being good hypothetical dads? Monday 3:29 PM
- Roger Stone posts, then deletes, Instagram of his judge with small crosshairs next to her Monday 2:32 PM
- People are Googling Rihanna and their birthday in a Twitter challenge Monday 2:13 PM
- Here are all of the Fortnite earthquake cracks thus far Monday 1:21 PM
- New Apex Legends characters leaked by data miners Monday 12:36 PM
- Ken Jeong falls back on crude humor and lazy stereotypes in ‘You Complete Me, Ho’ Monday 12:24 PM
- 14 artsy cartoon mugs that’ll help make your days more creative Monday 12:15 PM
- Netflix cancels ‘Jessica Jones’ and ‘The Punisher’ Monday 11:26 AM
- YouTube is fueling the rise in flat earth believers Monday 11:04 AM
- Review: Crackdown 3 is not a world worth saving Monday 11:00 AM
- Scathing privacy report calls Facebook a ‘digital gangster’ Monday 10:50 AM
- 21 Savage goes deep on 21 Savage memes Monday 10:49 AM
- Everyone is debating the number of towels you should own Monday 10:47 AM
- How to unlock the Fortnite Prisoner stage 4 skin Monday 10:45 AM
Trump appears to salute North Korean military officer during historic summit
People online were not happy.
The video, released by North Korean state television, shows Trump walking with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and extending his arm for a handshake with a military officer. The officer responds by saluting Trump, who then salutes the officer back. The two then shake hands before he Trump continues on past him and shakes hands with several other officials.
BBC published the video on Thursday morning. The salutes begin around the 55 second mark.
— BBC Monitoring (@BBCMonitoring) June 14, 2018
It has not been verified if the footage is authentic, Raw Story points out.
During a segment on CNN, Rear Admiral John Kirby—a retired Navy officer—said North Korea could see the salute as “propaganda” and that it shows the country’s citizens a “level of deference and respect that Trump has paid to them and their military leaders.”
“It was an inappropriate thing for him to do from a protocol perspective, but now he’s played right into the North’s propaganda about their legitimacy on the world stage,” Kirby said.
Earlier this week the president and North Korea signed an agreement that aims to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, although it’s light on details.
The president’s salute was bashed online.
North Korea wanted this salute to confer even more legitimacy on their murderous regime. Dictator loving Trump was more than happy to oblige https://t.co/1Ug7kcgsGx
— Adam Blickstein (@AdamBlickstein) June 14, 2018
Just the President of the United States saluting a North Korean general. Cool cool cool. pic.twitter.com/L5t94EKzkf
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) June 14, 2018
Donald Trump salutes a North Korean general.
This salute is now being used as propaganda in North Korea.
What would Truman and MacArthur say about this?
Do we need to make a note?
"Do not salute the enemy" pic.twitter.com/wVpjJVJkZI
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) June 14, 2018
Remember when Obama got shit for his “coffee salute”? Yeahhhh…… https://t.co/HoxezwqM6J
— Adam Lombardi (@Adlomb) June 14, 2018
— AmericaBeforeRussia❄️🌊Resist! (@TXBelle18) June 14, 2018
1) DO NOT CONGRATULATE DICTATOR.
2) DO NOT COMPLIMENT DICTATOR ON KILLING DRUG USERS.
3) DO NOT SALUTE DICTATOR’S GENERAL.
— Dave Simon (@hairyhilarity) June 14, 2018
If the footage is deemed authentic, it’s not the best optics for the president who used Wednesday to take a victory lap and bash critics of the trip on Twitter.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).