The might of two world leaders was not enough to withstand the desperate need for an instantly viral selfie.
United States President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were walking along at the Ben Gurion Airport in Israel on Monday when an Israeli politician stepped in with a ready smartphone.
A note about that politician: Oren Hazan, 35 years old and a member of parliament, really likes Trump. Hazan only follows one person on Twitter, and that person is the The Donald. The young politician sees a bit of himself in Trump, which might explain the (one-sided) connection. He’s been called a “maverick” politician, and has also found himself the subject of a steady stream of scandals. (Hazan’s alleged issues involve meth.)
So when Hazan saw his man Trump, he pulled out his phone and took the president aside while Netanyahu wasn’t looking. Though the prime minister did notice eventually and reach out a hand in a way that said, “Please, Oren, have you no shame,” but it was too late.
Hazan wasn’t even supposed to be on the tarmac, according to The Times of Israel, and one Israeli official called the selfie “a real embarrassment.”
Hazan, though, seems quite pleased, even if his hero looks like he’s still trying to be pleasant at a children’s birthday party he was supposed to leave hours ago.