On Thursday, Polish politician Donald Tusk made a tweet that included an image of him pointing a pair of fingers into Donald Trump’s back in a gesture that many social media users likened to a gun.
“Despite seasonal turbulences, our transatlantic friendship must last #Trump #NATO,” Tusk wrote.
The caption was offset by a photo of Tusk standing behind Trump pointing with his right middle and index finger toward Trump’s back.
— Donald Tusk (@donaldtuskEPP) December 5, 2019
Tusk is the former prime minister of Poland and he has been an outspoken critic of Trump’s. Many Twitter users responded stating they felt the image had “menacing undertones.”
“[Outgoing] European Union Council Leader Donald Tusk tweets himself holding 2 fingers against Trump’s back like a GUN. Is that a THREAT?” tweeted user @justathoughtUSA. “We all know that the Globalist EU opposes Trump, but this goes too far,” continued the tweet, which tagged Trump and the FBI.
European Union Council Leader Donald Tusk tweets himself holding 2 fingers against Trump's back like a GUN.
We all know that the Globalist EU opposes Trump but this goes too far. https://t.co/hSoRfz8qny
— One Voice for MAGA (@justathoughtUSA) December 5, 2019
From Tusk’s hashtag of #NATO, the image was most likely taken this week at the summit in London.
Tusk was elected president of the European People’s Party just last month. The party is dedicated to strengthening the EU.
Trump and Tusk have a turbulent relationship. Back in September while speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York Tusk called Trump’s views on patriotism “false and dangerous.”
“To protect the truth, it is not enough to accuse others of promoting fake news,” he said, at the time. “Frankly speaking, it would be enough to stop lying.”
Many Twitter users from Poland were embarrassed and angry bt Tusk’s post.
Dear @realDonaldTrump , Poland apologizes for Donald Tusk. There will be an idiot in every country.
— Mikołaj 💯🇵🇱 (@MikiPoznan) December 5, 2019
Tusk has not responded to the backlash that his tweet has created.