Jewish Congressman Eliot Engel Skips Traditional Handshake With President Trump


THE FORWARD – For the first time in 29 years, Rep. Eliot Engel did not position himself to shake the president’s hand at a joint meeting of Congress, citing Donald Trump’s slowness to comment on threats to Jews, among other reasons.

‘I’ve decided not to stand on the aisle of the House chamber to shake the president’s hand during this joint session of Congress, as I have done in the past through Democratic and Republican administrations alike,” the Jewish New York Democrat said.

Engel said he respected the institution of the presidency but did not feel that respect reciprocated by Trump.

“He’s rejected America’s traditional role welcoming refugees, which have helped to make our country great,” said Engel, known as a moderate. “He’s looked the other way when threats against the Jewish community have increased.”

Engel’s handshake and brief exchanges with presidents, launched in his first year in Congress in 1989, have become a hallmark of State of the Union watchers.

He usually stakes out a seat on the floor early in the afternoon of a speech, and in recent years has conducted his work from a smartphone.

  1. #1 by Frederick on 03/01/2017 - 9:54 am

    Jews against Trump; cry & whine, kiss Trump’s behind. That you are hated might be related. If you die, no one will cry. You can’t wait for later, you’re already a traitor. So though you’re heckled, you count your shekels. Anti Judaism is your life blood.

  2. #2 by TruthOutJournal on 03/01/2017 - 2:33 pm

    29 Years? This old spineless treasonous bastard is So guilty of living in, drinking, eating, and pissing swamp water. He knows what lays ahead for him. Of course he didn’t shake his hand. Trumps hand is going to pull the lever.

  3. #3 by lolathecur on 03/01/2017 - 6:02 pm

    Who cares?????? Hehe

  4. #4 by nooralhaqiqa on 03/02/2017 - 12:03 pm

    Trump admits to being a germophobe. I am sure he wept in his tea later in the day over this slight. If he noticed at all, very understandable.

  5. #5 by Matthew/Boston on 03/03/2017 - 5:48 pm

    Bad that the demon tribe has enough clout as to pressure Trump to mention the recent “anti-semitism” in his State of the Union address. Good that he casually glossed right over it.

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