In the press conference afterward, at one moment it was as if they were holding separate press conferences in parallel universes that had somehow became superimposed. Merkel talked about the peace and economic progress brought about by the European Union and helping countries absorb refugees—a fraught issue ever since Trump called Germany’s refugee policy a “catastrophic mistake.”

After that she turned to Trump and smiled, but he gripped the edges of the podium, ignored her, stared straight ahead, and started talking about all the jobs he would create in the American Midwest. Still not looking at Merkel, Trump then called on a reporter in the crowd.

To be fair, it’s possible Trump simply couldn’t hear Merkel during the earlier photo op above the rapid fire of photographers’ shutters and voices of aides. On the video, a male voice can be heard saying “handshake,” right after Merkel leaned towards Trump, and he apparently didn’t hear that, either.

Oh well. Okay.
Oh well. Okay.

Still, Merkel’s face spoke volumes about the awkwardness of the moment.

It is well on its way to becoming an internet meme, and women in business say they feel her pain.

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