On Wednesday, President Donald Trump met with Sauli Niinisto, the president of Finland, at the White House. The joint appearance and press conference gave people a lot to unpack as a lot of topics were covered. However, in taking a look at social media, it seems as if there was one brief moment that has been generating a lot of buzz across Twitter.
At one point as the two presidents sat in the Oval Office at the White House and answered questions, Trump reached over and patted Niinisto’s knee. The Finnish leader’s reaction to this did not go unnoticed and a lot of people on social media have been having fun with this.
Many people watching that memorable moment from Wednesday’s press conference believe that Finland’s president looked rather annoyed at Trump over the knee pat. Niinisto swatted at the American president, seemingly in an effort to dismiss or push away Trump’s hand.
Some people on Twitter with Finnish heritage noted that they were proud of Niinisto for this move while others suggested that Trump’s knee pat was quite disrespectful of the Finnish culture. Among the numerous serious responses to this particular moment, a lot of snarky posts also emerged.
“Never a student of history, Trump is unaware that you never invade Finland,” quipped one person.
“Call me old-fashioned but unless you’re hangin’ out with your buddies, that is SOOOO inappropriate to reach out and slap the knee of another leader. Trump has ZERO class,” detailed another Twitter user.
“The Finnish President slaps back the Finnished president,” quipped someone else.
Even actor Robert DeNiro got in on this one.
Finnish President: Touch me ONE MORE TIME and I swear to God…
— Robert De Niro (@RobertDeNiroUS) October 2, 2019
“The President of Finland has a solidly Scandinavian response to physical contact from Trump,” was the summation from another Twitter account.
The press conference featuring Trump and the president of Finland contained a number of remarks that are generating a lot of buzz both on social media and among various news broadcasts, as The Inquisitr reported.
Trump spoke at length about Rep. Adam Schiff and the whistleblower complaint, demanding that Schiff resigns from Congress. He also remarked that Finland was a happy country that got rid of Schiff and Representative Nancy Pelosi in a comment that seemingly raised a few eyebrows.
Scott Dworkin of the Dworkin Report podcast tweeted a note via his Twitter page that seems to convey what many others across social media have been thinking about this incident.
“Finland’s President swatted Trump’s hand away after Trump touched his knee, is not a sentence I ever thought would have to be said. Trump’s a walking embarrassment. #donothingdonald”
It doesn’t appear that either President Sauli Niinisto or President Donald Trump has shared any further commentary regarding that moment that happened during the lengthy Wednesday press conference.