North Korean television aired its first footage of the historic summit between its leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump.
Predictably, the president’s critics have latched onto a moment in the video footage to slam him for what they will probably add to their growing list of impeachable offenses.
While shaking hands with North Korean officials, a moment of confusion appeared to occur as a military official saluted Trump. The president, who had already extended his hand for a handshake, momentarily pulled it back to reciprocate the salute before finally shaking the officer’s hand.
Watching the exchange, it is clear to see what happened – but that didn’t stop the left from spinning their own version of the incident, accusing Trump of blatantly ignoring protocol while giving Kim Jong-un fuel for his propaganda machine.
— VCU Papa 🐏 (@VCUPav) June 14, 2018
The BBC got the ball rolling by making sure to point out the exact time of the awkward exchange:
— BBC Monitoring (@BBCMonitoring) June 14, 2018
Naturally, the video was edited, memes and screenshots portraying just the images needed to push the narrative began to pop up.
— Sarasota Mermaid (@SarasotaMermaid) June 14, 2018
And look a Kim’s smile immediately after. He knew Trump eff’d up. pic.twitter.com/MaaUahCNIU
— Jen Skelly (@Jenlskelly) June 14, 2018
YOU DO NOT SALUTE!
— Matt (@ColoLiberal2) June 14, 2018
C’mon man!! You had one job. Do not salute… pic.twitter.com/QWzVkc6Vlv
— Chris Hatzke (@ChrisHatzke) June 14, 2018
Kim is going to use this up with his people. “Look the American Commander in Chief defers to our military!!”
— Jude – Simply Be Best (@Jxnewton) June 14, 2018
Never mind that Trump was stepping into a moment of history that he helped to create, and facing the challenges of language and culture barriers, critics were convinced of what they had seen.
I can’t believe what I saw with my own eyes. What a disgrace
— Gail.48 (@48Gailschwerdt) June 14, 2018
Capitulation- saluting a military officer of a hostile power. This is Trump’s Chamberlain moment. Shameful.
— Kamlu (@Kamlu4) June 14, 2018
But those not so easily fooled quickly called out the antics by the left.
The officer saluted him and he saluted back. It was an act of mutual respect. Damn the prior protocol; where has that gotten us all these years? Stop nitpicking his every move. @realDonaldTrump
— Krissy Workman (@zoso418) June 14, 2018
Sigh. If you watch the video Trump reached his hand out to shake the generals but the general snapped to attention and saluted so he returned the salute. Not ideal but not what it seems…. https://t.co/qAZ2oLXGkO
— Marc Thiessen (@marcthiessen) June 14, 2018
Many recalled the backlash former President Obama received for his embarrassing bow when meeting the Saudi king in 2009.
Obama’s intentional bow cannot be compared to the moment of handshake versus salute confusion Trump encountered in Singapore. And many were clear about it in their defense of the president – and scathing rebuke of the critics.
Trump’s salute is the equivalent of someone saying “have a safe flight” and you saying “you too!”
Everyone take a deep breath. He’s not the Manchurian Candidate.
— Justin Miller (@justinjm1) June 14, 2018
Did you watch the footage? He walked down the line, shook hands with other people, the general saluted him, and he saluted him back. There were cameras there in Trump’s face. What is your point?
— Lee Doren (@LDoren) June 14, 2018
The same news media freaking out over this were over the moon promoting the NoKo’s at the Olympics.
— Founders Ghost (@politiwars) June 14, 2018
And what is going on — 20 some odd hours without sleep? One second gaff compared to numerous times Obama bowed to leaders, worldwide, including dictators.
— 🇺🇸𝒮𝑒𝓇𝒶𝒻𝒾𝓃𝑜𝓈 🇺🇸OCONUS Lures (@Serafinos) June 14, 2018
Thank you for noting a RETURN salute. Knee jerk, no doubt — but MSM will MSM’ing themselves over this
— Sandy (@RightGlockMom) June 14, 2018
*Update: 24 hours later, hysteria over the moment virtually disappeared. The left became fixated, foolishly believing they had a slam-dunk against Trump after the IG report’s release.
So much for the “outrage.”