Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin had a highly-anticipated one-on-one meeting on Friday at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. They reportedly discussed alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, but of course, that's not what caught Twitter's attention. Instead, it was the photo of the two world leaders meeting one another, which resulted in a flood of memes and tweets about Trump and Putin.
According to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson — one of the select individuals who was allowed to attend the meeting — Trump "pressed" Putin on allegations that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, but Putin denied it. Tillerson's counterpart, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, told reporters that Trump ultimately accepted Putin's denial of any Russian involvement, but a White House official later told NBC News that this was not the case. Other than that, the two discussed the Syrian civil war, Ukraine and how to best fight ISIS during their meeting, which was supposed to last only a half-hour but ended up stretching over two hours.
But it was the image of Trump and Putin — finally, together, in the same room — that captivated the Internet. Not surprisingly, a slew of ace memes and tweets followed.
This Looks Familiar
When you're watching the news but you've seen it all before on House of Cards...— Author (@00Author87) July 7, 2017
Trump and Putin pic.twitter.com/MdiEdQMBs2
I'm not saying House of Cards predicted the future, but Trump's meeting with Putin sure looked a lot like the Season 3 episode wherein (fictional) President Frank Underwood meets (fictional) Russian President Viktor Petrov.
Keep hearing pundits say the G-20 gives trump the chance to confront Putin on hacking. *EYEROLL*— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) July 7, 2017
Do they KNOW who they're talking about?!? pic.twitter.com/5sRDh0vrJa
Some have suggested that Putin held all of the cards going into this meeting, a sentiment reflected in this thoroughly disturbing image.
The Chris Christie Cross-Meme
There's not much to say about this one, other than that it's GLORIOUS.
The Two Horsemen Of The Apocalypse
This didn't actually happen. As far as we know, that is.
Maybe We're Wrong?
Wow, the "America First" phase of the Trump administration ended abruptly today. We've just moved straight to "Whatever Vlad says..." https://t.co/fD5vyBTU1a— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) July 7, 2017
There's nothing wrong with a little humility, right?
Two For Me, None For You
Putin just ate all his ice cream and Trump's two scoops, too.— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) July 7, 2017
Unfortunately, there hasn't actually been any reporting on what, if anything, Trump and Putin ate during their chat.
A Bromance In Two Frames
Takes a while for Putin to warm up to you. Totally worth it when he does though. pic.twitter.com/975avQp5rh— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) July 7, 2017
Aww, look at those two.
A New Trump Record?
This meeting with Putin is the longest Trump has ever gone without watching television— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) July 7, 2017
To be fair, though, we don't know that the two didn't watch TV during their meeting.
Chemistry, Part I
TILLERSON: "very clear positive chemistry" between Trump & Putin— Jesse Lehrich (@JesseLehrich) July 7, 2017
(reminder: Putin is a murderous KGB thug who attacked our democracy)
Just a thing to keep in mind!
Chemistry, Part II
Trump said he'd send Putin a text sometime next week and see if he wanted to meet up for drinks after work. https://t.co/1zeRTDYs37— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) July 7, 2017
This, too, probably didn't actually happen.
Trump and Putin discussed who gets the orb and how long each of them can put it on the mantle— Gideon Resnick (@GideonResnick) July 7, 2017
All topics of conversation take a backseat to The Orb, which is how it should be.
All In The Family
Trump: Dad, I mean Vlad, the fake news media says u hack our election.— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) July 7, 2017
Putin: Son, I mean Don, I didn't.
That's not an official transcript, obviously.
A Strange Arrangement
One Meeting, Two Stories
Officially, the U.S. and Russia just aren't on the same page regarding what Putin and Trump said to each other on Friday.
A Long Meeting
Things Trump has done for several hours since becoming President:— gautham rao (@gauthamrao) July 7, 2017
3. Chill with Putin
In the name of completeness, it's worth mentioning that Trump also spent several hours on a plane during his flight to the G20 summit.
What Does 'Raised The Issue' Mean?
Trump: "So you know there's this whole thing about you guys meddling--"— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) July 7, 2017
Putin: "We didn't do it."
Tillerson: "He raised the issue."
Maybe it meant this.
Another Way It Could Have Gone
TRUMP: Did you hack the election— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) July 7, 2017
TRUMP: Which I won by the way, nobody thought I could win but I won by the most votes ever
A Step Too Far
BREAKING: Russian foreign minister says Trump has accepted Putin's assurances that Ringo Starr is the most talented Beatle— Molly (@isteintraum) July 7, 2017
trump's default body language is Kid Caught On Camera By Mistake During A Long Speech Whose Attention Is Clearly Elsewhere https://t.co/SpdiQCUBnb— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) July 7, 2017
The president does look a tad fidgety.
The Death Of The Trump Handshake?
At the risk of turning this into the Zapruder film, it's interesting how Trump doesn't try his silly alpha handshake on Putin. https://t.co/7FkTa45V10— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) July 7, 2017
It's true — Trump's handshake with Putin was markedly more restrained than his handshake with, well, any other world leader he's met.
Speaking Of Hands...
trump hiding his tiny hands while admiring putin's pic.twitter.com/Qvs6Fg08PZ— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) July 7, 2017
There is, of course, no evidence that Trump's hands are smaller than the average adult hand.
We may never know exactly what the two world leaders discussed during their one-on-one. But it sure is fun to speculate.