On Monday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump met for the first time. The two leaders are diametrically opposed on basically anything having to do with politics: Trudeau proudly welcomes refugees to Canada, while Trump signs executive orders barring them from entering the United States; Trudeau is pro-choice, while Trump wants to defund Planned Parenthood and overturn Roe v. Wade; Trudeau believes in climate change and supports measures to combat it, while Trump believes it's a hoax. Unsurprisingly, a lot of memes and jokes surrounding Trump and Trudeau's meeting immediately began circulating on social media.
A picture taken by a Reuters photographer showing dubious Trudeau looking at Trump's outstretched hand became the inspiration for most of the quips around the meeting. Others compared the happier images of Trudeau's meeting with Barack Obama to his more dreary-looking moments alongside the new POTUS. Some couldn't help but note the differences between the bilingual Trudeau and confused-looking, monolingual Trump during both of their statements to the press. Photos of an admiration-filled Ivanka Trump looking at the Canadian leader became the subject of inspirational love tweets.
Overall, the meeting between the two men brought on a vast array of funny comments on social media. For example ...
1. Can You Blame Her?
There's a lot to admire in Trudeau.
2. Who Wouldn't React The Same Way?
Trump, a self-proclaimed germaphobe, probably keeps his hands very clean, but germs are the least questionable things surrounding Trump.
3. This Could Probably Actually Happen
Given the insanity following the 2016 election, would anyone be surprised?
4. Hee Hee
It's probably something everyone who meets Trump examines.
These are just facts.
6. She's Right
Canadians are stereotypically nice. If it's true, Sam Bee is totally right here.
7. We All Feel The Same Way
Who else is still waking up wishing the same thing?
7. The Handshake Won't Prevail This Time
Trump's notoriously awkward handshake didn't intimidate Trudeau.
9. This Probably Hurt Trump
Body language experts theorize Trump's handshakes are attempts to establish dominance, so Trudeau's defiance probably hit Trump where it counts.
10. Probably True
Who knows what's in Trump's interactions with Russian leaders.
This has likely happened to many prom dates in real life.
12. Can We Go Back To This?
The world was sane then.
13. Don't Forget
The meeting definitely delivered some quality jokes.