President Donald Trump is known for his rather odd behavior, to put it as mildly as we can, because it’s Tuesday morning and some of us haven’t had our coffee yet.
Yesterday, recalling a 2017 encounter with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Trump described Xi’s aides as straight out of “central casting,” a show business term the former reality television star has used more than once.
Then, describing the shape of one of the aide’s glasses, the president made two circles with his fingers and placed them around his own eyes, like so:
Our great photographer Jim Young captured this photo of the POTUS this morning talking to the governors pic.twitter.com/FSZRgLbIQQ
— Steve Holland (@steveholland1) February 25, 2019
Here it is on video, by the way, where it’s even more cringe-inducing:
Trump on asking Xi to release arrested bball players:
“He’s got 10 people standing behind him. Every one is central casting. Central casting. Glasses, pad, boom. … And I said, ‘It would be a great thing if you could possibly let them out.’ And he goes, ‘So be it, they’re out.’" pic.twitter.com/DZwfmd9AYJ
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) February 25, 2019
It should go without saying that such an image, taken as the president spoke to the nation’s governors, but this is 2019 and we’ve had a hell of a time and this doesn’t exactly give us good marks in the diplomacy department.
The latest gaffe comes as Trump takes on Vietnam for his first summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un since they met in Singapore last year. Diplomats on both sides plan to discuss a possible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. The Korean community in Vietnam is 60,000 strong and has expressed hope that the summit could mark an important step to Korean reunification.
But let’s just say this whole “glasses, pad, boom” thing isn’t doing much to convince people he’s got North Korea all figured out:
You guys, I don’t think he’s going to solve the nuclear crisis with North Korea. https://t.co/8RYtTXhD60
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) February 25, 2019
You could say it gives us further indication that the president is in over his head:
Trump is the schoolyard bully who was held back 4 times, whose greatest hits are some variation of: “Four Eyes!”
Unfortunately for @realDonaldTrump: his four-eyed opponent is smarter, shrewder, sharper than him.
It’s not a fair match-up. Kim’s gonna own Trump & America. Again. pic.twitter.com/6YN0aMHtfM
— Crusader for Justice ???????????????? (@faravaharSF) February 26, 2019
Nor does it send the proper message to children:
This may seem minor to people in the scheme of Trump's awfulnesses, but as a child I wore glasses and this is exactly how I was bullied by kids calling me four eyes.
— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) February 25, 2019
Serious question: Has the president even heard of Pan’s Labyrinth, let alone seen it?
And we totally believe he’s done something just like this…
…just as we’re sure he’s said something like this:
‘I can see Russia from here’
— Eric Wynne (@EricW_Photos) February 25, 2019
Considering the president fills up his schedule with “executive time” (a.k.a., “I’ll see you at the Trump Golf Course!”), he’s probably done something like this, too:
And here we see the president’s intelligence report reading glasses.
— Johnny W (@IGotWormss) February 25, 2019
We actually CAN see you, Donald:
That doesn't mean we can't see you, Donald.
— Dr Eric Farmer (@Himself132) February 25, 2019
Not a good look.