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.
— Colleen McNamara ☘️ (@cmcubfan) June 20, 2019
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 sneeze while in the presence of Trump. He thinks it’s a sign of weakness and lack of control. Nobody ever recovers.” https://t.co/9CmKeoH1iu
— Jackie Alemany (@JaxAlemany) June 17, 2019
Americans began applauding for the leader north of the border.
God, I love Canadians!
— Make it stop!! (@BeckySharif) June 21, 2019
Some believe the hand he chose was strategic as well.
Right into his handshaking hand! Who knew! Proud of our PM. Resist!
— Andie (@Andie00488163) June 21, 2019
Into his right hand too. Would love to edit the next handshake on there for the orange germophobe.
— Lance Ramsay (@LanceRamsay) June 21, 2019
Hopefully followed up with a handshake
— Teresa Rydingsword (@TRydingsword) June 21, 2019
It wouldn’t be the first time Trudeau bested Trump with a handshake.