- The Straits Times
World summits. They can be so difficult.
Not only do you need to be on top of domestic and world issues and know them like the back of your hand, you have to meet other world leaders and remember who in the world they are as well.
Not so easy, as US president Trump will now be able to tell you.
In an Instagram post over the weekend, the POTUS wrongly identified Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as Indonesian president Joko Widodo.
We should be clear though – the mistake only happened on Instagram and was probably made by one of his social media handlers.
Trump did not actually address the Singapore leader as “President Joko Widodo” during their meeting.
Nevertheless, Singaporeans and Indonesians irked by the boo-boo, quickly flooded the post’s comment space with corrections.
Trump is known for being such a social media pro that the caption was edited shortly after.
And you know what else Trump is known for being a pro at? That’s right – handshakes.
This is how PM Lee did during his first ever meeting with Trump.
Some people took issue with how it all played out, saying PM Lee’s wrist looked like it was being crushed.
Others weren’t so bothered. One person even claimed that PM Lee had the upper hand in this situation – and that’s what mattered most.
Whatever the case, we all know of others who have reacted in different ways to a Trump handshake.
So for what it’s worth, congrats to PM Lee on surviving his first Trump handshake.