Harris wipes hand after greeting South Korean president in diplomatic faux pas

Vice President Kamala Harris has played an unusually high-profile role in the Biden administration’s dealings with foreign leaders, but while greeting South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House on Friday, she was caught wiping her hand following a handshake with the Asian dignitary, in a gaffe some say would have sparked a media firestorm if committed by a Republican.

Harris spent some time with Moon in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building and the pair appeared for brief some brief remarks to the media in which the vice president told the South Korean leader, “At a time when our world faces increasing threats to our health, security, and climate, it is more important than ever that the United States and the Republic of Korea work closely together,” as the New York Post reported.

However, it was at the end of Harris’ remarks when things took an embarrassing turn. Immediately after shaking hands with Moon, the vice president was seen wiping her right hand on her suit, a gesture that could easily be viewed as an insult toward her esteemed guest. Watch:

It was not long until eagle-eyed social media users began blasting Harris’ conduct, with a number of observers arguing that had a Republican engaged in such behavior, the consequences would have been far more dire.

Twitter user GoddoG took to the platform to post video of the incident and to opine, “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.”

Jordan Dundas tweeted his incredulity over Harris’ actions as well, noting, “Kamala Harris does a hand wipe after shaking hands with SK President Moon! Wow! That’s so embarrassing!”

More charitable commentators might try to attribute Harris’ extreme caution to concerns about COVID-19 – after all, she is the same person who recently kissed her husband while masked, long after both were fully vaccinated. However, that excuse fails to withstand even cursory scrutiny, as social media user MiracleOfLife succinctly pointed out that “You can’t wipe off a virus on your pants.”

Though Harris will almost certainly elude widespread derision for this shameful display, the episode only serves to highlight the fact that she suffers from a glaring lack of the diplomatic aplomb necessary for her increasingly visible role on the world stage.

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24 Responses

  1. She got to her position for lying down and playing the Jane Fonda (Bree Daniels) part in Klute. She did not elevate herself with greatness or knowledge but sleeping with arguably the most important state Democrat in California (Willie Brown) for a couple years or longer. Great role model to emulate? The answer is obviously no.

  2. HO HARRIS SUCKS BIG TIME. TOTAL DISGRACE 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻

  3. Kamel-A represents the REAL dem party – uncouth, frivolous; disgusting; unqualified; detrimental; mob lady; destructive; shameless; illiterate; racist; criminal; disrespectful; traitor! Oops! I “soft soaped” it! In a “cat” fight, she’d be the winner in chief!

  4. As people have said, the DEM double standard is basically un American. Fair play is not a DEM tradition. Now our qualified failure as a VP is insulting cultures, even outside America. WIPING YOUR HAND AFTER SHAKING THEM WITH A PERSON IS, AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN, A MAJOR INSULT! I never saw ANY REPUBLICAN POLITICIAN DO THIS! EVERYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD KNOWS IT IS AN INSULT. The real problem here, and it is something most Americans don’t know is that MANY SOUTH KOREANS DO NOT LIKE AMERICANS! It is a VERY WEALTHY COUNTRY by Asian standards, and our military presence contributes A LOT to their GDP! Many in SK feel that America is hindering their reunification with the North, but I feel they just think they think they are smarter and more hard working than Americans. I JUST KNOW THAT THIS GROUP OF ANTI-AMERICANS IN SOUTH KOREA WILL GO CRAZY OVER HARRIS’S SLIGHT OF THEIR PRESIDENT! SHE IS A TOTAL LOSER!

  5. Every day Kamala loses ground. I still can’t believe the Democrats picked this loser with a total of 2% of the primary vote. I have no idea what benefit she brought to the Democratic Party, but to date I’ve seen no benefits. Some times, just being a woman isn’t enough to open doors in politics, but that appears to be all she brought to the table.

    1. ask Willie Brown what “benefits” she brings. I’ll give you one guess. kneepads for sure.

  6. What a total loser and disaster for the United States. South Korea should ban her from their soil.

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