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Donald Trump 'Shoves' a PM at NATO Photo-op and Twitter Goes Wild

The incident took place while the Trump was walking with the NATO leaders during his visit to the alliance's headquarters on Thursday

Updated:May 26, 2017, 8:42 AM IST
Donald Trump 'Shoves' a PM at NATO Photo-op and Twitter Goes Wild
US President Donald Trump 'pushing aside' Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic (right).

New Delhi: US President Donald Trump found himself as the subject of Twitter humour again when he seemed to push aside the prime minister of soon-to-be NATO member Montenegro during a photo-op of leaders of member nations.

The incident took place at the brand-new NATO headquarters in Brussels where Trump was walking with other leaders. In an apparent attempt to be at the centre of the group photograph, the US President "pushed" Prime Minister Dusko Markovic aside and stood in front, just in time for the photo-op.

Video of the incident spread on social networks in multiple languages. "It seems Donald Trump did not want that anyone overshadows his presence at the summit," said the Montenegro newspaper Vijesti.

Other Balkan websites ran headlines such as "America First" and "Where do you think you are going?"

Markovic himself, however, shrugged off the slight. "It didn't really register. I just saw reactions about it on social networks. It is simply a harmless situation," he told reporters after the summit.

Twitter, however, was not so forgiving, with Harry Potter author JK Rowling leading the pack.

A parody account of Donald Trump also had a take on the incident.

The shoving comes hours after the power struggle handshake between Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron, just before the NATO summit was set to start. The two leaders sat down for a talk and as is customary, the press got to take a few photos first. And then this happened...

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