President Donald Trump made waves last week when he ejected his Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, for coughing while Trump was answering an interview question.
“Let’s do that over," Trump said. "He’s coughing in the middle of my answer. I don’t like that…If you’re gonna cough, please leave the room. You just can’t, you just can’t cough.”
Trump couldn't, however, ask for a do-over in a press conference Thursday with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Toward the conclusion of the presser, Trudeau looked into the camera then proceeded to cough. Trump's face said everything.
Watching Justin Trudeau cough in Trumps presence is an 8. Him doing it into his handshake hand? Is a bonafide 10!… https://t.co/YXMrvpSQgK— Colleen McNamara ☘️ (@Colleen McNamara ☘️) 1561066631.0
People began speculating that Trudeau's cough was a subtle way of trolling the president, who reportedly despises coughing, sniffling, and sneezing—seeing the functions as a sign of weakness.
Text from former 2016 Trump campaign staffer: “I was told by multiple people when I came aboard to never cough or s… https://t.co/sUiQAq8eQO— Jacqueline Alemany (@Jacqueline Alemany) 1560735876.0
Americans began applauding for the leader north of the border.
@MorganRadford @TheDemCoalition Trumps face😂— PDR (@PDR) 1561074851.0
@MorganRadford https://t.co/TAs66rRmnH— Steve Lamb (@Steve Lamb) 1561099879.0
@MorganRadford Bloody brilliant 😎. Trudeau is the best leader ever 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 well .. after Obama 😉— Wendy (@Wendy) 1561081200.0
@MorganRadford https://t.co/Lak0ThoIze— Sassafras⛾Lea (@Sassafras⛾Lea) 1561120342.0
@MorganRadford God, I love Canadians!— Goodbye SUCKA!! (@Goodbye SUCKA!!) 1561104963.0
Some believe the hand he chose was strategic as well.
@MorganRadford Right into his handshaking hand! Who knew! Proud of our PM. Resist!— Andie (@Andie) 1561079799.0
@MorganRadford Into his right hand too. Would love to edit the next handshake on there for the orange germophobe.— Lance Ramsay (@Lance Ramsay) 1561120930.0
@mrslasmith @MorganRadford @funder Right hand and then a hand shake. 😂— scott lynch (@scott lynch) 1561074720.0
@MorganRadford Hopefully followed up with a handshake— Teresa Rydingsword (@Teresa Rydingsword) 1561135257.0
It wouldn't be the first time Trudeau bested Trump with a handshake.