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
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.
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?
There's nothing wrong with a little humility, right?
Two For Me, None For You
Unfortunately, there hasn't actually been any reporting on what, if anything, Trump and Putin ate during their chat.
A Bromance In Two Frames
Aww, look at those two.
A New Trump Record?
To be fair, though, we don't know that the two didn't watch TV during their meeting.
Chemistry, Part I
Just a thing to keep in mind!
Chemistry, Part II
This, too, probably didn't actually happen.
All topics of conversation take a backseat to The Orb, which is how it should be.
All In The Family
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
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?
Maybe it meant this.
Another Way It Could Have Gone
A Step Too Far
The president does look a tad fidgety.
The Death Of The Trump Handshake?
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...
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.