As President Trump nears the end of what has been a successful foreign trip, he is being accused of shoving a fellow world leader during a NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday.
Video cameras captured footage of Trump grabbing Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic by the shoulder and pushing him out of the way in order to get to the front of a group of other NATO allies.
CNBC reporter Steve Kopack drew attention to the incident. Trump opponents saw the encounter as a brutish shove.
Of course, it’s not clear what was said before and after the scene.
Markovic, who was elected to office in October, did not appear to take issue with Trump’s maneuver. He patted Trump on the back after being nudged aside. Trump then shifted his jacket and tie and struck up a conversation with another world leader standing next to Markovic.
The incident has already proved to be fodder for Internet conspiracy theorists who believe Trump colluded with the Russian government to win the November election.
Russia and its president Vladimir Putin oppose NATO and have attempted to prevent Montenegro from joining the organization. The Montenegrin government officially approved joining the alliance last month.
Did Trump just shove another NATO leader to be in the front of the group? pic.twitter.com/bL1r2auELd
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) May 25, 2017