A commemorative photo of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spreading his legs to match the height of National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo during his visit to South Korea has garnered attention from overseas media and social media (SNS).
Trudeau, who visited South Korea on the 16th to commemorate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and South Korea, met with Kim and the ruling and opposition leaders before delivering a speech at the plenary session of the National Assembly the following day.
Later, while posing for a commemorative photo with Kim, he lowered his posture by spreading his legs. Trudeau’s behavior sparked laughter among lawmakers on the floor.
On the 19th (local time), the British newspaper The Guardian reported that Kim jokingly raised his toes over the 20-centimeter height difference between him and Trudeau, and Trudeau briefly leaned down to match Kim’s height.
“The pose, popular among South Korean celebrities, is a sign of respect and a way to accommodate their height,” the Toronto Star wrote in an article titled “Why Trudeau did the ‘manners bridge’ in Korea.
Another Canadian outlet, the National Post, broke the story in an article titled “Why Trudeau struck a strange pose in South Korea.
Twitter and other social media outlets linked to these reports and commented on them.
Some have criticized it as “disrespectful.
While many Korean media outlets praised Trudeau’s gesture, calling it “heartwarming” and “caring,” some in Canada criticized it as “embarrassing to the country,” the Guardian reported안전놀이터.
National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau shake hands.
(SEOUL) – National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shake hands during a meeting at the reception room of the National Assembly on Sunday ahead of Trudeau’s speech in the plenary chamber on the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and Canada.
Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau spreads his legs to make up for the height difference with National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo. 2023.5.17 [National Assembly Press Corps] [email protected]
“Some Canadians accused Prime Minister Trudeau of embarrassing Canada overseas once again,” the conservative Canadian media outlet True North reported.
Trudeau has been criticized in the past for his greetings with foreign political leaders.
During his first handshake with former U.S. President Donald Trump in 2017, he made headlines for grabbing Trump’s shoulder with his left hand to avoid being pulled away.