Kamala Harris was caught on camera Friday, immediately wiping her right hand on her jacket after shaking hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House.
This was an insult to the leader that caused a firestorm of angry comments and outrage from social media commenters.
Kamala Harris insults the South Korean President Moon Jae-in by wiping her hand off after shaking his hand. #USA #SouthKorea #Democrats #KamalaHarris #MoonJaein #DiplomaticIncident #ForeignAffairs #Insult #Wipe #BadManners pic.twitter.com/h8bysZKeql
— Tree of Knowledge (@TreeofKnowled14) May 22, 2021
Harris later commented on Twitter and received angry replies from people for the insult against the South Korean leader:
Today, I met with Republic of Korea President Moon. We discussed North Korea, global health, and how we can address the root causes of migration from the Northern Triangle. We look forward to working with President Moon to address the challenges we face. pic.twitter.com/6NpvWQKpzH
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) May 21, 2021
Angry responses on Twitter included a comment on how this is bad diplomacy:
Because some people see, and don’t see what they want to.
This isn’t about Trump.
I don’t think Harris did this to intentionally disrespect.
This is disrespectful in terms of Diplomatic behaviour.
I don’t think it’s racist, or news worthy, but it would be if it were a Republican.
— GoddoG (@GoddoG_668) May 23, 2021
One commenter said it’s “embarrassing”:
@VP Kamala Harris does a hand wipe after shaking hands with SK President Moon!
Wow! That’s so embarrassing! https://t.co/3TLlQNRKOR
— Jordan Dundas 🌐 (@F_O_R_D_NATION) May 22, 2021
This might seem like a small thing to some, but it’s an insult to so many South Koreans.
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