It was the handshake that shook the world.
On Monday, President Donald Trump met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in an epic showdown of good versus evil. At least, that’s how the Internet saw it.
What was meant to be a meeting about trade and immigration became one of 2017’s best memes. And it all started with one of Donald Trump’s signature handshakes — or, at least, his attempt at one.
Notice how Trudeau does the 'alpha shoulder grab' before Trump can do the 'alpha rip his arm off' handshake.pic.twitter.com/ByGqMfeVFr
— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) February 13, 2017
It didn’t help that, just a little bit later, the press caught this awkward moment between the two.
— Ellie Hall (@ellievhall) February 13, 2017
Within a few hours, the memes came pouring in. One of the world’s favorite (and hottest) prime ministers became, well, all of us.
There were a lot of hand jokes.
US President Donald Trump opens meeting with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau by claiming entire Canadian Army could fit in the palm of one hand. pic.twitter.com/Kd5rcY3tCF
— Free Belarus News (Eng.) (@BelarusMiniInfo) February 13, 2017
Trump's first meeting with Justin Trudeau went about how you’d expect. pic.twitter.com/C1VUaMbMgp
— comedycentral (@ComedyCentral) February 13, 2017
And a lot of tweets that made us cringe a little bit because, well, truth.
Justin Trudeau is looking at Trump's hand like he just read the Russian Dossier pic.twitter.com/XGpGF7O7LG
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) February 13, 2017
Then things got a little weird.
Trump re-gifts. Doesn't have any use for it. pic.twitter.com/5oIdK49tF1
— 🌊John Putter🌊 🇺🇸 (@john_putter) February 13, 2017
So, Trudeau probably wasn’t trying to make a statement by defying the President, but you can’t deny that the meeting had a different vibe than what we got from Trudeau and Obama, whose bromance made us all tear up a little.
What can we say? Maybe we’re all Justin Trudeau at heart.