Don & Vlad’s Excellent Adventure: Of Presidents, Chancellors and… Dogs | Blog#42

So, Trump and  Putin finally had their meeting. Since we know that our president likes to show who’s boss through his handshakes, all I wanted to see was how Vlad handled him.

Later, as they were about to retire for their meeting, they shook hands again.

Believe it or not, there are handshake interpretation experts. Here is Time magazine’s:

Donald and Vlad, apparently, were taking too long, so…

He said, then Vlad said…

The post-meeting briefing was conducted by Rex Tillerson (audio)

But, Putin, contrarian that he is, had a different summary:

Then, Melania gets her own time with Vlad

HAMBURG, GERMANY – JULY 07: Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) talks to the US first lady Melania Trump (R) as they attend a state banquet in the Elbphilarmonie concert Hall on the first day of the G20 economic summit on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. The G20 group of nations are meeting July 7-8 and major topics will include climate change and migration. . (Photo by Felipe Trueba – Pool / Getty Images)

Now, The Important News About Trump and Putin

Are you wondering why I didn’t write an essay? ActTV put together this incredible short video. It tells the story better than any long narrative. Watch:

Vlad has had some “run-ins” with world leaders before

George W. Bush reminisces about his time with Vladimir

Then, there’s that time Putin brought his dog to meet with Angela Merkel

Angela and Vlad together, at the summit…

Putin apparently has a habit of exasperating the Chancellor… (2015)

No trip goes without gaffes and disses, it seems…

Later, at the G-20 Summit… Ivanka sits in for daddy… and gets roundly criticized.

Then, The Wall Street Journal correspondent asked Angela Merkel about it and she came to Ivanka’s defense.

To be honest, if I were sitting at that table, I’d probably also rather have Ivanka sit by me than Steve Mnuchin…

Trump was in Poland a couple of days before the summit and…


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