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Trump briefly baffled by ASEAN group handshake

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i'll be the first to admit that the asean handshake is beyond ridiculous, but the fact that trump's team didn't prepare him for it speaks loudly that it's amateur hour with this administration. so i don't begrudge trump for screwing it up. it's actually quite funny.

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Everything about trump is a bafflement.

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The Russian guy didn't understand either! He just said "screw it" and grabbed hands any old way!

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Picture and headline say it all. What a moron.

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Picture and headline say it all. What a moron.

How so?

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If that isn't the face of a moron.....!

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As much as I hate to admit it I'm with Trump on this I'm baffled too why the group has to pose with an uncomfortable hand shake that's apparently required by world leaders its a fruitless and disedisengerous action, and as we are talking about uncomfortable what's with the hand on the hip fist in the air, group clapping, banzai thing or as I do bonsai. This bizarre bonding ritual is flat out uncomfortable and embarrassing. And I'm not a world leader by the way. Baffled is the word. Adults talk not hold hands.

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They finally told him there's no "I" in teamwork, but there's a "me".

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I'd rather see shirts off and a mass hugging, a group dance and nipple pegs to show me they actually care about me and my family. To be honest these people are among the richest in the the world and frankly they don't care about someone working for a wage because they never had to.

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Oh, come on. There are plenty of more serious problems with Trump as president. Why go for this trivial news? It’s an innocent goof up.

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How so?

Look at the picture. Fake spray tan, fake blond hair, looks like he just drank a spoonful of lemon juice.

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

These people own you. They control your lives and destinies.

Terrifying, isn't it?

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He is right to be puzzled by this childish nonsense.  Yes, he is bizarre, but seems to me that anything he does is blown way out of proportion.

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The whole thing is a duplicitous charade. This ridiculous group handshake is the least of its sins.

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Look at the picture. Fake spray tan, fake blond hair, looks like he just drank a spoonful of lemon juice.

They all kind of look like they were spray tanned, Duarte looks like he also colors his hair, he also looks half asleep and Medvedev looks like a circus performer.

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These people own you. They control your lives and destinies.

Terrifying, isn't it?

All of them were elected democratically. It would be terrifying if they we were not free to vote them out of office.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Trump makes a fool of himself every other time he Tweets and every time he speaks without a script. I see no reason that there shouldn't be matching photos.

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Trump looks like he sitting on the toilet.

Anyway, isn't it weird that Duterte is hosting the ASEAN conference in the Philippines?

Trump: "I could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and not lose any voters."

Duterte: "Well, I stabbed someone to death on the street with my bare hands and got away with it, and look at me now."

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People write articles about the most ridiculous things just to try to make Trump look bad.

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BlacklabelToday  04:51 pm JST

People write articles about the most ridiculous things just to try to make Trump look bad.

They're spoiled for choice, then.

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ASEAN, APEC etc group photos are always cringeworthy at best especially when the summit is organised in an exotic country (often in Asia/Oceania btw). Local outfits/shirts, silly 'group' handshakes etc.

No idea why they persist with this nonsense.

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before he 'stole' Hillary's supposed birthright of being elected President, Trump was never known as a bumbling idiot (or a racist, or a sexist or anti-gay, or 50 others things he now supposedly is). Mostly just some light humor about his hairstyle. Other than that he was a billionaire, successful businessman and reality TV star who was well liked by most everyone who wanted to go to his parties.

Strange how he is viewed by liberals now compared to 2 years ago just for having the nerve to run for President and destroy the Clinton corruption machine.

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and reality TV star who was well liked by most everyone who wanted to go to his parties.

At that time his low mental calibre, duplicity, inarticulacy, treachery and astounding incompetence didn't really affect many peoples lives.

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Cross your arms

Grasp the hand that grasps yours.

A true nitwit-in-chief

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He didn't steal Hillarys "right" to be president, he won because the people wanted a change and he had enough money to buy his way into office, pretty simple if you have the money and desire to do it. Now he is there, well it's confusing for him. And more confusing for those that voted for him. Also he is a billionaire purely because it was gifted to him don't fool yourself thinking he is an amazing business man. Give me billions and before I die bet I still have billions. Does that qualify me to be president?

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I am baffled at the misdirection, mistruths and misfires when it comes to Trump and his past. It's well documented. Especially the racism; the Birther movement, the Central Park Five, the discrimination against renting to black tenants and all the rest. It's been posted on this site numerous occasions but is still ignored by Denial Trump supporters.

I can remember stories about the man from thirty years back. Is this collective loss of memory systematic of the age of fakery we now live in?

The handshakes are terrifying as I said but the would be erasing of history by the same crowd who lamented the tearing down of statues is even more so.

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I dont like Trump with a passion think hes an twat to boot..but this story is just a bit beyond ridiculous.

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Trump is also baffled by how to handle the office of Commander-in-Chief.

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Glad to see that Trump supporters can recognise meaningless and trivial trash when they see it ( this article ).

A pity their trash sensors break down in situations when the trash is far more toxic.

Give me billions and before I die bet I still have billions

There is no way of knowing how much Trump has. He won't release his tax returns.

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Look at the picture. Fake spray tan, fake blond hair, looks like he just drank a spoonful of lemon juice.

Yeah, but the man has more loot than all of us on JT combined. go Trump! Lol

There is no way of knowing how much Trump has. He won't release his tax returns.

It doesn’t matter and it shouldn’t matter less to Europeans, they don’t get anything from it.

They're spoiled for choice, then.

Naw, they’re just incompetent showing for work just to collect a paycheck....desperately.

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It doesn’t matter and it shouldn’t matter less to Europeans, they don’t get anything from it.

You comment on European politics because five quarters of your family live there. Six fifths of my family live in the US and four thirds of them work for the tax office just as eleven tenths of your family is in the military.

We all have the right to comment. All eight sixths of us.

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What did we do to deserve this? Having to watch this small handed man with the face of an imbecile and the morality of a jackal humiliate us all is creating an existential despair. We’ve grown used to the moronic facial contortions but we will never be able to shake the notion that his loyalties lie with the truly execrable autocrats of our time.

On the world stage he demeans and disparages all that we stand for in his pathetic attempt to seek revenge for even minor slights to his character. A character that has boasted of sexually assaulting women, that has mocked the handicapped, that praises the world’s worst tyrants over the departments of state that serve him.

The horrifying nature of this administration is never ending.

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You comment on European politics because five quarters of your family live there. Six fifths of my family live in the US and four thirds of them work for the tax office just as eleven tenths of your family is in the military. 

Uhhh, ok, so anyway, I don’t drone constantly about European politics, I could less, don’t live there anymore, luckily.

We all have the right to comment.

Sure, I’m just befuddled why Europeans care so, so much, if y’all could vote in the US to make a difference I’d get it, but you guys can’t.

What did we do to deserve this?

Wow, how much time do you have? Maybe on a separate thread, I’ll go into the last 8 years of all the radical details that caused a seismic shift in voter disgust over what transpired.

Having to watch this small handed man with the face of an imbecile and the morality of a jackal humiliate us all is creating an existential despair. We’ve grown used to the moronic facial contortions but we will never be able to shake the notion that his loyalties lie with the truly execrable autocrats of our time.

What? A bit of Shakespearean?

On the world stage he demeans and disparages all that we stand for in his pathetic attempt to seek revenge for even minor slights to his character.

He should, he should take a sledgehammer and bring it all down and get rid of all these corrupt politicians that have perverted our constitution, our freedoms and livelihoods with their greed and identity politics and snubbing their noses at the very people that put them in office.

A character that has boasted of sexually assaulting women, that has mocked the handicapped, that praises the world’s worst tyrants over the departments of state that serve him. 

The big big difference is, he said what a lot of politicians wouldn’t dare say, but would do it when your back is turned without blinking. At least Trump, like him or not rude and often without finesse (yay!) will tell you directly and that’s the best quality the man has. Good on him.

The horrifying nature of this administration is never ending.

So let’s get rid of both parties, they suck, I know you would agree with me. Their time has come and gone. Time for the rise of the populace parties.

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bass4funkNov. 13  10:21 pm JST

At least Trump, like him or not rude and often without finesse (yay!) will tell you directly and that’s the best quality the man has.

On Twitter. Yes, that's really telling us directly.

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On Twitter. Yes, that's really telling us directly.

140 million followers, yes indeed.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

If you think being able to send a tweet is really Trump's best quality presumably you wouldn't mind if a teenage troll became the next president.

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I am baffled at the misdirection, mistruths and misfires when it comes to Trump and his past. It's well documented. Especially the racism ...

No one takes this kind of argument seriously anymore. All politics in the US is about mistruth and misdirection. President Obama went to a racist church for nearly 20 years. Clinton was accused of sexual assault and rape. None of that stopped them from getting elected. All that matters is your political tribe. Until a prominent Democrat calls out Bill Clinton for his sex crimes or Obama for his history of rubbing shoulders with black nationalists no one from the other side will consider their one sided only attacks legitimate. This is why people are crazy to call themselves either a Republican or a Democrat.

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He had a hard time teaching across his fat gut lol

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Trump almost makes me want to open a Twitter account.

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