Photos of U.S. President Donald Trump not bowing while shaking hands with Japanese Emperor Akihito have raised some eyebrows.
Mr. Trump and his wife, first lady Melania Trump, met with Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Nov. 6, the Daily Mail reported. Photos show the president and first lady shaking hands with the emperor and empress, without bowing.
The photos represent a striking difference between the way former President Barack Obama greeted the emperor and the way the Trumps did. In 2009, Obama made headlines for bowing very deeply in front of the monarch, bending at the waist nearly at a complete 90 degree angle.
But Mr. Trump appeared to go a different route. He towered over Akihito, and shook his hand while just barely nodding his head. A Trump administration official told the Daily Mail that bowing his head is "not his style -- never has been."
Mr. Trump paid a visit to Pearl Harbor before making his trip to Japan. He paid his respects at the USS Arizona memorial, where more than 1,100 U.S. troops were killed in the 1941 attack by Japan.
The president was in Japan when the news broke that 26-year-old Texas gunman Devin Patrick Kelley shot and killed 26 people at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, CNN reported.
Mr. Trump delivered a statement from Japan, according to Time:
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of today’s murderous attack in Sutherland Springs, Texas. This horrible act of evil occurred as the victims and their families were in their place of sacred worship. We cannot put into words the pain and grief we all feel, and we cannot begin to imagine the suffering of those who lost the ones they loved. Our hearts are broken.
But in dark times such as these, Americans do what we do best: we pull together. We join hands. We lock arms. And through the tears and the sadness, we stand strong.
My Administration is providing its full support to the state and local authorities investigating this horrible crime. I have spoken with Governor Abbott, and we offer our thanks to the first responders who ultimately stopped the suspect and rendered immediate and lifesaving aid to the victims of this shooting. I will continue to follow developments closely.
All of America is praying to God to help the wounded and the families -- we will never leave their side.
Donald Trump Jr. took to Twitter on Nov. 6 to comment on the mass shooting.
"Psycho w illegal gun kills many taken down my law abiding citizen w gun," the president's son wrote. "Which one of these would be out of the equation w more gun control?"
Several social media users accused Trump Jr. of "politicizing another tragedy."