Trump v the world : G7 summit photo sparks meme frenzy
A photo from the G7 summit has gone viral for capturing a telling moment from the meeting of world leaders, although not everyone is in agreement about what it says.
The photograph shows President Donald Trump sitting with his arms crossed in a chair, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks down at him, her hands resting on a table between them. They are surrounded by other world leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and UK Prime Minister Theresa May.
The photo was taken by German government photographer Jesco Denzel and was first shared on social media by Merkel’s spokesperson Steffan Seibert on Saturday.
The photograph proved popular on social media, with many commenting on how symbolic the photo is, given Trump’s relations with some of the leaders in the room following his new tariffs. A number of Americans apologized on behalf of Trump, while other people were inspired to get creative.
Why is he the only one sitting? It seems odd and out of place.— Kisha (@Bicked_Wetch) June 10, 2018
“Just tell us what Vladimir has on you. Maybe we can help.” pic.twitter.com/DLc7YJFXqT— Guy Verhofstadt (@guyverhofstadt) June 10, 2018
One person was most focused on Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton, and his unusual facial expression.
when sitting down matters ... pic.twitter.com/rINQBEUypa— Joe Garavee (@j_garavee) June 9, 2018
People also shared photographs of the room taken from different angles, suggesting a different narrative. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had tweeted a few photos from the meeting before Germany did, but they didn’t capture the same attention. Many on social media later shared the US photos, which make it appear that Trump was the center of attention. Trump’s assistant shared one photograph showing many people laughing.
Same scene shot by the French delegation: both Merkel &Macron face Trump pic.twitter.com/jGBEwSe8xX— Marc-O. Strauss-Kahn (@MarcStraussKahn) June 9, 2018
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