A Trump moment went viral for the wrong reason on Thursday as he and the leaders of 27 other NATO member countries assembled for a photo at the treaty organization’s gleaming new Brussels, Belgium headquarters.
As Trump made his way through the group to take his position in the front row next to Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Montenegro’s Prime Minister Duško Marković was in his way.
So Trump put his hand on Marković’s upper arm and shoved him aside.
Montenegro is not yet a NATO country. Its membership becomes official on June 5.
The ‘family photo’ was planned with assigned positions for 31 people: the 28 heads of state and the Montenegrin, plus Stoltenberg, and the king and prime minister of Belgium, the host country.
Trump, Stoltenberg and the Belgians were set to be front-row center, with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Trump’s other side.
Marković – the new guy – was placed in the back row on the far right end.
Trump was seen as a party pooper at the NATO summit, lecturing his fellow heads of state about their deadbeat nature and the need to secure their borders in the fight against terror.