Donald Trump met with NATO leaders today in Belgium, and although he appeared to have been doing it in a facetious manner, he ended up physically shoving the leader of a United States ally to the side so he could get in front of him during a group photo op – then Trump began preening after he was front and center within the group.
The surreal moment was captured on video and pointed out by Steve Kopack of CNBC, after Donald Trump came up from behind and shoved Montenegro Prime Minister Milo Đukanović to the side. The moment was particularly surreal, as Montenegro is a newly admitted member of NATO.
Here’s how Kopeck documented the moment on Twitter:
Did Trump just shove another NATO leader to be in the front of the group? pic.twitter.com/bL1r2auELd
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) May 25, 2017
Fortunately the Prime Minister was seen smiling after he got over his momentary shock at being shoved out of the way. But if he was offended by the matter, it’s not as if he was in a position to publicly express that he thought the President of the United States – his key ally – had acted inappropriately. This incident will lead to further questions as to whether Donald Trump understands the seriousness of international diplomacy and the job he’s supposed to be doing.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report