7 thoughts on “Il Duce Il Douche

    • Touché says:

      Emmanuel Macron has declared last week’s “death grip” handshake with Donald Trump intentional. In an interview with French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche, the newly-elected French president described their encounter as “a moment of truth.” https://qz.com/993686/emmanuel-macrons-handshake-with-trump-is-how-one-gets-respected-says-the-french-president/ “Photos captured during their meeting at the NATO summit in Brussels (May 25) show the French and the US presidents engaging in an intense handshake, in which their “knuckles turned white and their jaws seemed to clench.” Trump is well-known for his ostentatiously vigorous handshake, but Macron appeared to hold on until Trump tried to free himself. Macron’s office has confirmed his comments, the Guardian reports. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/28/emmanuel-macron-my-handshake-with-trump-was-a-moment-of-truth (see also “The Trump handshake: how world leaders are fighting back”)
      “We must show that we won’t make small concessions, even symbolic ones, but not to over-publicize it either,” Macron added. “I don’t believe in the diplomacy of public invectives but in my bilateral talks, I don’t let anything pass, it’s how one gets respected.”

  1. Euroweenie says:

    “Rüpel-in-Chief” (Handelsblatt, 26.05.2017) http://www.handelsblatt.com/politik/international/trump-in-bruessel-ruepel-in-chief/19854728.html Rüpel can be translated as ‘bully’ in English but the word lout (as in ‘lower class lout’) may be closer for American usage, in which a bully is “a person who is cruel to others, especially those who are weaker or have less power”, which certainly seems to be an apt description of our so-called ‘leader of the free world’.
    “The pace of news, of scandal, of Trump. It’s like a hot dog-eating contest. We’re shoveling in the Trump news with little time to chew it over and even less time to digest it.” Bret Stephens, “The Warp-Speed Presidency” (NYT 5/22/17) https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/22/opinion/donald-trump-presidency.html

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