The Rutte – Trump meeting took place yesterday at the White House. There were many speculations as to what should be discussed in this epic meeting, but besides the chit-chat there were four funny, and slightly cringy moments we need to mention as well!
#1 The Handshake
At this point it has become a bit of a tournament to see how each world leader deals with Trump’s infamous handshake. For those of you who don’t know, it’s a very passionate ordeal. Once you’ve locked eyes and hands with Trump, he hastily pulls you in closer to him in what seems like an attempt to dislocate the other person’s arm. What follows is an even more up-close and intense stare from the commander-in-chief, and some speculate an attempt to grab one by the…self esteem.
In order to avoid this intimacy many leaders have come up with their own solutions to the handshake, and the world has anticipated each one in sheer amusement. Well, yesterday was Rutte’s turn to showcase his solution to this first world problem, and he delivered! The best defense is a good…defense?
President Donald Trump just welcomed the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, to the White House. pic.twitter.com/7DrS8JV5tT
— POLITICO (@politico) July 2, 2018
#2 Rutte interrupting Trump
Behold, Dutch directness at its finest! And after what happened yesterday, we are all so happy that this is one thing Rutte did not leave behind in the Netherlands. Yes, the Dutch are known for cutting the bullshit once they have detected it and Rutte did just that. We all practically squealed in delight when Trump started talking nonsense, and the Dutch PM just cut him off and said ‘NO!’. Here is a video of what happened:
TRUMP: “The EU… If we do work it out, that will be positive. And if we don’t, it will be positive also, because – ”
DUTCH PM RUTTE: “No.”
TRUMP: “— just think about those cars that pour in here.”
RUTTE: “It’s not positive. We have to work something out.” pic.twitter.com/KGDCkUKDSP
— Mick Krever (@mickbk) July 2, 2018
Ouch! This has to be the sexiest ‘NO’ we’ve ever heard! Who knew politics could be so sexy? It’s good to see someone put Trump in his place, and it’s even better when it’s done by the Dutch Prime Minister. Now bring the cheese and beer, and let’s all celebrate as one!
#3 400 years, 825 000 jobs
Another thing that raised eyebrows was said by Rutte himself during a small speech. During his meeting with Trump (and after cutting him off with that historical ‘No!’) he started explaining the relationship between the Netherlands and America. In his speech, he said that the Dutch bond with the U.S. has lasted for over 400 years, which is debatable considering the United States of America were only established as a country 242 years ago. Rutte also emphasized that this bond has created over 825 000 jobs, all while Trump just looked smitten by the fact that a politician came prepared to a meeting. Watch and learn, Mr. President.
#4 Rutte the Prime Minister of Denmark
Did you know that the Prime Minister of Denmark was also present during the meeting? No? Because he wasn’t. However, the New York Times messed up Rutte’s nationality only in the way Americans can. In what seems to be a bit of a funny screw up, the American newspaper mistook the Dutch Prime Minister for a Danish one. Danish…Dutch…so similar…so confusing! But, let’s not be harsh on them. Europe is a confusing country (lol).
— Klaas Meijer (@klaasm67) July 3, 2018
Thankfully, the New York Times quickly corrected their mistake and issued an official statement. Thankfully, Dutchies at this point just find it hilarious.
— Sacha Nauta (@SachaNauta) July 3, 2018
So there you have it! The 4 highlights of the Rutte – Trump meeting! Which one is your favorite? Is there something you wish they had discussed? Let us know in the comments below!
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