German Chancellor Angela Merkel shared a photo that quickly went viral as the G7 Summit came to a close. But there was another photo, taken from the same angle within a few minutes, that she chose not to share.
The photo that Merkel shared showed her leaning across a table looking stern while President Donald Trump sat back, crossing his arms.
Merkel captioned the photo as a “spontaneous meeting between two working sessions,” and multiple media outlets quickly picked it up. Seizing on Merkel’s expression, many reimagined the photo to be depicting her dressing down President Trump.
Merkel with a real president
Merkel with a drunk baby pic.twitter.com/6dgSVy5wFS
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) June 10, 2018
This photo has rightly caught our attention. Partly the anger and frustration that Angela Merkel’s team must have felt to tweet it.
But more because it captures a moment of great jeopardy.
— Tom Fletcher (@TFletcher) June 10, 2018
SEVERAL SHOTS were fired today after Angela Merkel only went and posted THAT photo on her official Instagram pic.twitter.com/swpASVadca
— Aaron Vallely (@Vallmeister) June 10, 2018
But another photo, taken from the same angle just moments from the one Merkel chose to share, depicted a very different scene. An engaged President Trump leaned forward as Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau smiled. (RELATED: President Trump Slams ‘Dishonest And Weak’ G7 Performance From Trudeau)
— Bloomberg (@business) June 10, 2018