جريدة صيدونيانيوز.نت / أخبار العالم/ هذه هي قصة صورة دونالد ترامب التي أدهشت العالم وضربت الرقم القياسي مع زعماء دول السبعة..A Trump Photo Goes Viral, and the World Enters a Caption Contest Image
A Trump Photo Goes Viral, and the World Enters a Caption Contest
German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke with President Trump during the Group of 7 summit meeting on Saturday. The photo quickly went viral.CreditJesco Denzel/German Federal Government, via Associated Press
By Matt Stevens
June 10, 2018
Many very important matters of global diplomacy were probably discussed at the Group of 7 summit meeting over the weekend.
But let’s be honest: The meetings are over now, and all many people are still talking about is that viral photo.
The picture — taken on Saturday by Jesco Denzel, a German government photographer — was quickly posted to Instagram on the verified account of Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany.
In the photograph, Ms. Merkel is staring at President Trump and Mr. Trump is staring right back. We could go on, but you know what they say about a photo and its worth relative to words.
Since we live in a world with social media, the publication of the photo kicked off something akin to a worldwide caption contest in which clever writers have been rewarded for their comedic quips with retweets, likes, favorites and new followers.
Before we round up a few of the most popular interpretations, some context.
The buildup to the showdown
Mr. Trump and Ms. Merkel have had a fraught — sometimes chilly — relationship from the start. You may recall that last year, on her first White House visit of the Trump era, Ms. Merkel held out her hand and the president did not grip it; the two then appeared openly at odds at a tense news conference.
A meeting in April went somewhat smoother, but Mr. Trump and Ms. Merkel made no attempt to hide their disagreements over the future of the Iran nuclear deal and trade relations between the United States and Europe.
Then, on Friday, President Trump aggressively confronted Ms. Merkel and other leaders of Europe, Canada and Japan, calling for the Group of 7 nations to readmit Russia and refusing to ease his assault on the global trading system. (More on Russia later.)
The next day, the now viral photo went up on Ms. Merkel’s Instagram with the caption: “Day two of the G-7 summit in Canada: spontaneous meeting between two working sessions.”