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News or Noise: Did Poland's First Lady snub President Trump?

July 12, 2017 11:32 PM

A July 6th video clip of the meeting between the President and First Lady of the United States and Poland in Warsaw appears to show Poland's First Lady reaching out to Melania Trump and walking right past President Trump who has his hand extended toward her.

The headlines that followed included the following:

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Newsweek: "Watch Donald Trump Handshake Rejected by Polish First Lady in Hilariously Awkward Exchange"

Vanity Fair: "The First Lady of Poland Smoothly Avoided Shaking Donald Trump's Hand" 

The Financial Express: "Donald Trump Snubbed, Now Poland First Lady Refuses Handshake, Chooses Melania Instead"

Was President Trump really snubbed? If you play that video for just a few more seconds, you see the First Lady of Poland happily shaking President Trump's hand. Matter of fact, if you watch the entire exchange, it appears the First Lady of Poland didn't even see President Trump's hand, as she appeared to be focused on Mrs. Trump.

Keep in mind, it's customary for two heads of states to shake hands first, while their spouses shake hands with each other, then the spouses shake hands with the heads of state. So the First Lady of Poland was likely just following protocol, not snubbing, refusing or avoiding President Trump.

The President of Poland addressing the controversy tweeting: "Contrary to some surprising reports my wife did shake hands with Mrs. and Mr. Trump @POTUS after a great visit. Let's FIGHT FAKE NEWS."

So if you see this on social media, don't share it, because it's noise.

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Jennifer Mobilia

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