span style="font-size:12pt">It was an unusual turn of event for President Donald Trump on Monday, during a routine White House photo-op when Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte interrupted President Donald Trump and then contradicted him on tariffs and trade. Nonetheless, Trump tried to ignore it as usual as if nothing had happened.
The Trump administration in May announced tarriffs on steel and aluminuim products from Canada, Mexico and the European Union. Trump said Monday he would be meeting with EU officials soon to discuss the dispute.
“If we do work it out, that’ll be positive, and if we don’t, it’ll be positive also, because...” Trump said.
“No!” Rutte interjected with a smile.
“Well, just think about those cars that pour in here, and we’ll do something, right?” Trump replied.
But Rutte ― although smiling ― was thinking something else.
“It’s not positive,” he said. “We have to work something out.”
Trump thanked Rutte and the two shook hands.
“The relationship between the Netherlands and the United States is over 400 years old,” Rutte said. “we are allies." We have always been friends, always been friendly, working closely together.”
Rutte showed his diplomatic side after saying “no” to Trump on his face. Trump didn’t even noticed. He kept going on, “It is Kingdom of Netherlands, isn’t it?”