President Donald Trump on Monday hugged Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki from behind during the team’s White House visit.
“King of the world,” the Los Angeles Times tweeted about the awkward hug, a reference to Leonardo DiCaprio‘s famous pose with Kate Winslet in the 1997 film.
King of the world
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) November 4, 2019
The Titanic-like embrace was prompted when Suzuki was invited to address the crowd.
As he walked up to the microphone, Suzuki donned a “Make America Great Again” hat, to Trump’s visible delight.
Kurt Suzuki of the Washington Nationals pops MAGA hat on as Trump calls him up to the mic. pic.twitter.com/6B4oOFNJko
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) November 4, 2019
“I love him! Awww,” the president said as he reached from behind Suzuki to embrace Suzuki across the chest before shaking his shoulders fondly.
“What a job he did. I didn’t know that was going to happen,” Trump said afterward, apparently referring to Suzuki’s MAGA hat choice.
Many on Twitter were quick to note the bizarre display of affection from the president.
Here's Kurt Suzuki putting on a MAGA hat and getting felt up by Trump pic.twitter.com/8wiQNyf9ya
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 4, 2019
“‘President Donald Trump then reached around to feel Kurt Suzuki’s nipples.’ This would have seemed such an odd thing to write in 2010,” sportswriter Dan Szymborski tweeted.
“Donald Trump gropes breasts of Kurt Suzuki, demonstrating lack of sexism,” tweeted parody Twitter account DPRK News Service.
— Max Howroute▫️ (@howroute) November 4, 2019
Trump's reaction as Nationals player Kurt Suzuki pulled out a MAGA hat and shocked everyone is priceless. pic.twitter.com/BO3IeP3MHC
— Caleb Hull 🎅🏻🎁 (@CalebJHull) November 4, 2019