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Screengrab via Bundesregierung/Facebook

Angela Merkel trolled Trump and Putin by posting their handshake to Facebook

They seem to like each other!


David Covucci

Internet Culture

Published Jul 7, 2017   Updated May 23, 2021, 12:41 am CDT

While maybe not nearly as momentous as, say, Kanye West and Taylor Swift meeting on stage and revealing to everyone they’ve always been in cahoots, the world was eagerly anticipating the first interaction between quasi-adversaries and possible friends Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

Now, thanks to a Kim Kardashian-esque move by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, we have receipts. (And yes, if we follow this extended metaphor through, that would mean Merkel and Putin would be dating—and that’s clearly not the case—but, whatever.)

The duo is reportedly meeting in private later today—where, some may presume, they will share cigars and cackle over how they played the entire planet (like West and Swift??)—but we now have footage of Trump and Putin shaking hands earlier in the day, thanks to the Bundesregierung, the chief executive body of Germany, which Merkel heads.

It comes via (what’s probably) a GoPro strapped to the event’s official photographer as they wander through what seems like the G20 green room. Among candid shots of other leaders, it caught video footage of Trump and Putin greeting each other. Jovially, we might add.


Exklusive Perspektive! Nicht stören – aber alles im Blick haben, das ist die Arbeit der offiziellen Fotografen. Wir haben unserem Kollegen eine Videokamera auf seine Fotokamera gesetzt. Ganz besondere Einblicke in das informelle Treffen der #G20-Chefs, das so genannte „Retreat“: Exclusive perspective! We put a video camera on our foto colleague’s camera showing you very special insights into the informal meeting of G20, the so-called "retreat":

Posted by Bundesregierung on Friday, July 7, 2017

No word if Trump agreed to let Putin publicly say he should have had sex with him after making him famous.

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*First Published: Jul 7, 2017, 7:26 am CDT