During a whirlwind day in Washington, President Donald Trump spoke to reporters in the Oval Office at a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella.
It didn’t exactly go well.
Over the course of the meeting, Trump ranted for the FBI to release the nonexistent Crowdstrike server, referred to President Mattarella as “President Mozzarella,” and claimed that the relationship between Italy and the United States goes back “thousands of years.”
Though Trump was making some wild claims, it was the Italian translator’s reaction to them that stole the show.
Check it out.
Welcome to the Splash Zone, Italian Translator. pic.twitter.com/IDaBGd8LkM
— John Heilemann (@jheil) October 16, 2019
Watching MSNBC cover Italian President Sergio Mattarella’s visit to White House and the bewilderment on his translator’s face as she translates Trumpese to English then to Italian. pic.twitter.com/TV4iXfP75c
— James M. Reeves (@jimnassau) October 16, 2019
Trump claimed the US has been allies with Italy since ancient Rome.
He called President Mattarella, "President Mozzarella" several times.
He bashed NATO while praising Putin.
Is it any wonder the Italian translator was looking at Trump like this?? pic.twitter.com/GpzGmECJQR
— RustyBertrand (@RustyBertrand) October 17, 2019
Sadly, people could relate.
We are all that translator…every day in America.
— susanmanners (@susanmanners) October 17, 2019
This is the only thing that gave us a second of levity today. We are all the poor Italian translator. Her face is freaking priceless 😂 https://t.co/9HZfwBpehT
— Just a girl named Debbie. (@PugloverDeb) October 16, 2019
The face of the translator. We can all relate. pic.twitter.com/EBXffteA2T
— Linda (@Linda96111140) October 16, 2019
Her face was reminiscent of a certain young person sitting behind Trump at a rally last year.
A man wearing a plaid shirt sitting directly behind Trump at his Montana rally was asked to leave after making faces and mouthing messages during the president's speech pic.twitter.com/yXtKTRU7hE
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) September 7, 2018
— Joe Mandese (@jmandese) October 17, 2019
Can’t stop laughing – this Italian translator is the NEW “Plaid Shirt Guy”! I’m sure they’re making a meme out of her expression, can’t wait to use! https://t.co/57Rew78Cae
— Beep🌻 (@fiercefreckled) October 16, 2019
The worst was yet to come. Trump would later have a meltdown in a closed-door meeting with Democrats and national security officials, his decision to pull out of Syria would be rebuked by a 354-60 vote, his letter to the Turkish President would become a national embarrassment, and a picture tweeted to shame House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would immediately backfire.
Fortunately for her, the translator wasn’t around for all that.