No, President Trump Was Likely Not ‘Rejected’ by Poland’s First Lady
A viral video (and GIFs) apparently show President Donald Trump being “rejected” by Poland’s first lady, some media outlets have claimed.
The full length clip shows Poland’s first lady, Agata Kornhauser-Duda, shaking Melania Trump’s hand before she shakes President Trump’s hand.
As President Trump shakes Polish President Andrzej Duda’s hand, Kornhauser-Duda can be seen looking at Melania. She then extends her hand to Melania as Trump extends his hand for the handshake.
The whole thing takes about five seconds. But out-of-context GIFs show the Polish first lady passing over Trump’s handshake offer—without showing her shaking Trump’s hand immediately after shaking Melania’s hand.
Mainstream news outlets like Time magazine and the Washington Post went with the “rejected handshake” narrative, with titles such as, “Watch Poland’s First Lady Reject President Trump’s First Attempt At A Handshake” and “Polish first lady passes over Trump’s handshake.”