Abe's reaction quickly became a meme seen 'round the world, as his expression is, truly, all of us.
If you didn't catch the dialogue:
Trump asks Abe what a Japanese photographer was saying and Abe translates: "Please look at me."— Jesse Berney (@jesseberney) February 10, 2017
Trump looks at Abe.
He's so dumb, guys.
After the 19 seconds of contact, Abe couldn't help but display his relief.
PM Shinzo Abe after Trump handshake: 😵 pic.twitter.com/h0ayPS9pB9— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) February 10, 2017
It's just as cringeworthy in this different angle and lighting.
And the memes began to flow.
too easy— The Gregory Brothers (@gregorybrothers) February 10, 2017
Curb Your Abethusiam pic.twitter.com/8jF5Ouu0zR
Trump and Japanese PM Shinzō Abe’s EPIC handshake. pic.twitter.com/NdFY2qFhqr— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) February 10, 2017
Abe: Ok, you can let go now— Efren (@GsanchezEfren) February 10, 2017
Trump: I own Japan now.
Abe: That's not how this works
Trump: I'm sorry I dont understand Chinese
Abe: Fuck you https://t.co/dnUinvxNh3
Despite the awkwardness, Trump was very complimentary of Abe's handshake skills. Perhaps he lingered for 19 seconds to hold onto the magic.
In Oval Office, POTUS told Japanese PM Abe he had "strong hands."— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) February 10, 2017
Hope this humiliation doesn't mean war with Japan.