President Donald Trump is in Brussels, Belgium meeting with NATO allies and a “family picture” of the president and leaders of the 28 other member nations perfectly sums up the strained relationship the United States now has with Europe.
The photo was captured Wednesday afternoon following a summit Trump attended with European leaders. It shows Trump staring off into the sky in the complete opposite direction compared to where every other representative was facing.
This photo is the perfect metaphor. Donald Trump clearly sees the world the wrong way when compared to other NATO leaders. Is it because he’s a moron, because Putin tells him to or a mixture of both? pic.twitter.com/RRGCN0Hw70
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) July 11, 2018
Critics of the president on Twitter lambasted Trump for the picture, calling him “too stupid to follow directions.”
too stupid to follow simple directions
— Thomas Steeg (@SteegVan) July 11, 2018
— JuuuustSayin (@juuuust_sayin) July 11, 2018
“What does OTAN mean?” Oy.
and he's wondering, "What does OTAN mean?" and "Why am I here w/ these strangers?" and "Where's Putin?"
— Christine Miles 🌄 (@mickeefynn) July 11, 2018
Photographer to NATO Leaders: "Okay, if everyone can look to their left please."
— RandymH (@RandymH) July 11, 2018
Trump: Where is the shiny object? I can’t see it.
Rest of the World: No fool, it’s there, but you can’t see it because you are looking in the wrong direction.
— 💫Patsy💥Dryden ☘️🌊🌹 (@Patta47cake) July 11, 2018
One person noted the similarity between the NATO picture and an image of Trump staring at last year’s total solar eclipse without sunglasses, which he was explicitly instructed not to do.
He's looking for the solar eclipse, pining for burning retinas.
— James Sanyshyn (@JamesSanyshyn) July 11, 2018
I think Trump discovered that he has a hole in his brain–not that his looking up at the eclipse did it, but that the looking up revealed that no damage could possibly take place because there was already a hole in his brain. @realdonaldtrump is a walking lobotomized manniquin. https://t.co/IpWEFRH569
— Craig (@cabresch) July 5, 2018
Others wondered if Trump was trying to see the giant baby Trump blimp which is set to fly over London during his visit to the United Kingdom on Friday.
So this is what Trump was looking for. Mystery solved! pic.twitter.com/c9E3xGSecY
— Guy Verhofstadt (@guyverhofstadt) July 11, 2018
You know, sometimes we just need a chuckle to break up all the negatives, all the meanness, all the nastiness with which we are bombarded daily. Looking at this balloon does it for me. Not only is it spot on and funny as heck but tells us we are not alone. https://t.co/cHBuPnqcNf
— Angie Best (@Bestcabingirl) July 7, 2018
The NATO summit had a contentious start after Trump accused Germany of being “a captive of Russia,” as well as making demands that NATO countries increase their contributions from two percent to four percent of their GDPs.
“I think it’s very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia, where you’re supposed to be guarding against Russia and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia,” Trump said. “They will be getting between 60 and 70 percent of their energy from Russia and a new pipeline, and you tell me if that is appropriate because I think it’s not.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel fired back, citing her experience growing up in Soviet-controlled East Germany:
Because of given circumstances, I want to point out one thing: I experienced the Soviet occupation of one part of Germany myself. I am very happy that today we are united in freedom, the Federal Republic of Germany. Because of that we can say that we can make our independent policies and make independent decisions. That is very good, especially for people in eastern Germany.