Donald Trump recently visited the U.K. for a NATO summit with other world leaders from around the world. While there, Polish Member of Parliament Donald Tusk apparently snapped a quick picture while Trump’s back was turned that shows him making what appears to be a gun gesture.
Tusk tweeted out the image with a fairly innocuous message, but conservative Americans have taken extreme offense to the picture.
— Donald Tusk (@donaldtuskEPP) December 5, 2019
Many conservatives interpreted the picture as a veiled threat against Trump or America.
European Union Council Leader Donald Tusk tweets himself holding 2 fingers against Trump's back like a GUN.
We all know that the Globalist EU opposes Trump but this goes too far. https://t.co/hSoRfz8qny
— One Voice for MAGA (@justathoughtUSA) December 5, 2019
— MaKðŸ‡µðŸ‡± (@Makaisia) December 5, 2019
Is this some sort of veiled EU threat aimed at the US?
Or has the poor kurwa lost its mind? pic.twitter.com/Ry9L0n7scc
— Dispropaganda (@Dispropoganda) December 5, 2019
Many Polish people also spoke out against Tusk’s gesture, thinking it was needlessly evocative of violence.
@donaldtusk @realDonaldTrump maybe it is about time to make it clear, there no space for two Donaldâ€™s and the one on right should end up in prison 😉 As a Polish citizen I am embarrassed for this person #Trump2020 https://t.co/I44im6Js4f
— Radek Zbijowski (@RZbijowski) December 5, 2019
Dear @realDonaldTrump , Poland apologizes for Donald Tusk. There will be an idiot in every country.
— MikoÅ‚aj ðŸ’¯ðŸ‡µðŸ‡± (@MikiPoznan) December 5, 2019
What is wrong with you? I strongly condemn the gesture and your tweet. Shame on you.
— W. H. Szych (@PolishAmerican) December 5, 2019
There were some online who felt the gesture was being blown out of proportion.
ðŸ˜’ That's a stretch…
— PEARLS FOR THE SWINE (@_PEARLSforSWINE) December 6, 2019
Some cultures find it offensive to use only one finger to point or gesture. Two fingers are ok
— Tom Tucker (@MiddleTommy) December 6, 2019
Streeeeeeeeetch! Thumb not up you must acquit
— Just a guy (@CELLDEAD1) December 6, 2019
This incident is the latest in a long line of unfortunate moments for Trump at the NATO summit.
Continuing his pattern of distancing himself from U.S. allies, a clip of Trump interacting with the French President quickly went viral for his flippant attitude.
Macron called out Trumpâ€™s ISIS lies right to his face pic.twitter.com/YtPMWAdlu3
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) December 6, 2019
Later, several world leaders were caught on a hot mic making fun of President Trump while at a party.
.@JustinTrudeau, @EmmanuelMacron, @BorisJohnson and other VIPs shared a few words at a Buckingham Palace reception Tuesday. No one mentions @realDonaldTrump by name, but they seem to be discussing his lengthy impromptu press conferences from earlier in the day. (Video: Host Pool) pic.twitter.com/dVgj48rpOP
— Power & Politics (@PnPCBC) December 3, 2019
Though Tusk’s gesture may not have been appropriate to make, it fits into a pattern of behavior among foreign world leaders who don’t feel Donald Trump has earned the respect typical given to prior United States’ Presidents.