Trump touches orb with Saudi King & Egyptian President

Trump touches orb with Saudi King & Egyptian President

This now famous image of Trump, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, and President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt touching some kind of glowing orb has generated a lot of buzz and memes. The truth turns out to be pretty straight-forward.

The occasion was the opening of a new Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology, based in Riyadh, and the orb was in fact a translucent globe, with the world’s waters represented in light gray and the continents in black. Its purpose appeared to be decorative.

The New York Times

 

Donald Trump and Saudi leaders touching orb
Trump, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, & President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt touch glowing orb

Even so, the optics are very weird.

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