After the coronavirus pandemic started last year, many Americans have become more germ-conscious but Vice President Kamala Harris may have made her apparent concerns too conspicuous.
Kamala Harris was condemned for wiping her hand on her trousers immediately after a handshake with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
The Vice President met with Moon Jae-in on Friday as part of Joe Biden’s second in-person session with a foreign leader since coming to office, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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 and Moon discussed North Korea, global health, and the “root causes” of migration to the U.S. from Central America, which Harris later wrote on Twitter.
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
The pair were speaking at a press conference following a chat about North Korea, global health, and the “root causes” of migration to the US from Central America, Harris later wrote on Twitter.
Many social media users accused the vice president of being rude to Moon – with some claiming a Republican leader would have faced much harsher criticism for the same action.
“This is the USA VP?” one user wrote. “Not only disrespectful, but it would be ‘racist’ if this was a Republican, all over the news for sure….Double standards on full display.”
They said on Twitter: “This is the USA VP? Not only disrespectful, but it would be “racist” if this was a Republican, all over the news for sure…
“Double standards on full display.”
Another wrote: “Wow! That’s so embarrassing!”
And one person commented: “Kamala Harris insults the South Korean President Moon Jae-in by wiping her hand off after shaking his hand.”
The footage, which has racked up hundreds of thousands of views, was even discussed on other country’s news site.
“Had it been Donald Trump can you imagine the outrage that would have occurred?” according to Host Rowan Dean.
“It would have been the end of the world.”