During what seemed to be an extended tirade, the president fired off an extensive tweetstorm before the meeting, then gave 17 minutes of monologues to reporters in an Oval Office meeting while Finland’s president sat quietly. Trump then ranted at reporters at a joint White House news conference, including telling one reporter not to be “rude” when the journalist asked for an answer to his question.
The Finnish president was cool and collected throughout, seeming at times a bit keen for it all to be over:
— Max Sternlicht (@maxstern95) October 2, 2019
At the beginning of the joint news conference, when Trump made a joke about “all the press that you attract,” Niinistö was quick to reply: “They are not after me.”
And at one point, the Finnish president can be heard laughing at the moment some have called the pinnacle of the meltdown ― when Trump, growing increasingly agitated, refused to answer Reuters White House reporter Jeff Mason’s question and demanded that he ask Niinistö a question instead:
Trump engages in contentious back and forth with @JeffMason1 after he dodges Ukraine question:
Trump: We have the president of Finland, ask him a question.
Mason: I have one for him, I just wanted to follow up on the one I asked you—
Trump: Did you hear me? Ask him a question! pic.twitter.com/Co64SmxOmk
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) October 2, 2019
Trump demands a reporter ask the Finnish president a question.
The reporter asks a question.
Trump interrupts before the Finnish president can speak.
"I think the question is for me," the Finnish president says.
— Chris Megerian (@ChrisMegerian) October 2, 2019
The Oval Office meeting and White House news conference were both so jam-packed with stunning moments that Twitter, of course, erupted into an enormous meme-fest, with #TrumpMeltdown trending at No. 1 for some time.
Check out some of the best below:
— DogsHateBoots (@DogsHateBoots) October 2, 2019
The President of Finland is like, “Hey, America, I think it’s time to put your toddler down for a nap.” pic.twitter.com/qmwh6oR1Oz
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) October 2, 2019
— anthony 🍨 (@icecreamtony) October 2, 2019
A Finnish reporter just asked President Sauli Niinistö of Finland what favors President Trump has asked of him.
There were audible gasps in the room.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) October 2, 2019
If looks could kill, there’d be one less Finnish reporter. pic.twitter.com/i4b6BaJ7ax
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) October 2, 2019
Finnish President meets Finnished President#DoNothingDonald
— Alex Cole (@acnewsitics) October 2, 2019
— Robert De Niro (@RobertDeNiroUS) October 2, 2019
The president of Finland during all that pic.twitter.com/Nz6rrKiOGi
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) October 2, 2019
— Grant Stern (@grantstern) October 2, 2019
Today is the day we all became the President of Finland.
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) October 2, 2019
I feel like we need to send Finland a muffin basket or something.
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) October 2, 2019
The president of Finland right now pic.twitter.com/UrNLorKo4Z
— Bill Barr is a criminal (@yesmaybenot) October 2, 2019
I know we're watching Trump meltdown on TV in front of Finland's president, but have you considered Finland's First Doggo, Lennu? pic.twitter.com/miF7vBT2s2
— Jacob Head (@JHead1984) October 2, 2019
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.