Kamala Harris criticized for wiping hand after handshake with SoKo prez

Vice President Kamala Harris is taking heat after a video emerged appearing to show her wipe her hand on her jacket after greeting South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House last Friday.

Harris talked with the South Korean leader about the alliance between the two countries, the dangers posed by North Korea and the “root causes” of immigration shortly before he met with President Biden.

Following their joint-press conference, the two hands, where she can be seen wiping her hand on her jacket after she pulls her hand away.

And netizens took note, calling the move “disrespectful” and “embarrassing.”

“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,” posted Twitter user GoddoG_668.

Vice President Kamala Harris shaking hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on May 21, 2021 in the White House.
Vice President Kamala Harris shaking hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on May 21, 2021 in the White House.
Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Another noted: ​”​Kamala Harris insults the South Korean President Moon Jae-in by wiping her hand off after shaking his hand.”

D​ Gibson on Twitter said if former President Donald Trump had wiped his hand after greeting a world leader, the story would have topped news shows.​​

“​Let’s get one thing straight. This isn’t a high function where no one is watching the students. If #45 had done this, Sweet Lord Have Mercy… it would have been the lead story on every media station for a month, if not longer​,” the posting said.

“@VP​ ​Kamala Harris does a hand wipe after shaking hands with SK President Moon!​,” said user @F_O_R_D_NATION.​ “​Wow! That’s so embarrassing!​”​

Vice President Kamala Harris speaking with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on May 21, 2021.
Vice President Kamala Harris speaking with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on May 21, 2021.
Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images

But Harris had her defenders, too.

“That’s not even close to the gesture people perform when wiping their hands on their clothing. That’s just a normal woman’s self conscious smoothing of her outfit,” posted Missy Su.

“Maybe his hand was sweaty?” said Karen Shell. “As someone who has hyperhidrosis I’ve gotten used to people wiping their hands. I don’t blame them and don’t it offensive, only embarrassing.”​

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